Police hunt for chief after murder at a festival

Police hunt for chief after murder at a festival

- The youth chief of Kumbungu in the Northern Region, Zaachi, has killed the youth chief of Chanzegu, Saha Naa Haruna

- The incident occurred during the celebration of the Bugum fire festival

- Haruna was rushed to the Tamale Teaching Hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival

The Northern Regional Police Command has declared the youth chief of Kumbungu, known as Zaachi, wanted, after he fired a gun at a festival.

A stray bullet from the gun hit another chief, 40-year-old Saha Naa Haruna, the chief of Chanzegu, who was subsequently rushed to the Tamale Teaching Hospital.

He was however pronounced dead on arrival, and police officials have begun investigations into the matter.

People celebrating a festival
The Bugum Fire Festival is characterized by fireworks and gunshots Credit: haunsinafrica.com
Source: UGC

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YEN.com.gh understands that the deceased was hit by a stray bullet suspected to have come from an AK 47 rifle, which the Zaachi was holding at this year’s fire festival (Bugum).

The incident occurred on Thursday, September 20, 2018, at about 11pm.

The Northern Regional Police Command has commenced investigations into the shooting incident and the youth chief according to the police, was currently on the run.

He was said to have pulled an AK 47 assault rifle during the festival and discharged two shots into the air as part of the celebration.

The Northern Regional Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Mr Mohammed Yusif Tanko said that the police have been told that while the suspect was bringing the rifle down, it went off, and as a result, discharged a bullet that hit the neck of the deceased.

The Bugum festival is an important occasion celebrated annually among the people of Dagbon, Gonja, Mamprugu and Nanumba ethnic groups to mark a historical event on the Mole-Dagbon calendar amid chanting, dancing, firing of muskets, lighting of fire and marching through the principal streets of the town.

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