- The Northern Regional Minister and Chairman of the Security Council has appealed for calm in Tamale a day after the BNI raid
- BNI agents take over radio station in Tamale
Some personnel of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) have raided the premises of a local radio station, Zaa Radio in the Northern Region.
According to YEN’s sources, the BNI men held the staff of the station up for several hours for promoting hate speech on radio.
Zaa Radio is purported to repeatedly use its platform to fan religious discord and promote hate speech.
On Friday 30 June, some scholars of the Ambariya Islamic school made some allegations against Sheikh Basha on Tamale-based Zaa Radio in rebuttal to Imam Abu Dijana’s statement that his father (Sheikh Basha) contributed significantly to the establishment of Sunna and for that matter, Ambariya Islamic School, in the Northern Region.
The Ambariya Imam, responding to these comments, said no student Sheikh Basha taught Arabic had ever passed the subject.
He alleged all his children, including Abu Dijana, failed to make a mark during their studies in Saudi Arabia. They also alleged it had been revealed to them that Sheikh Basha was spiritually fighting Sheikh Saeed Abubakari, the leader of the Sunni community in the area.
Speaking on the development, Northern Regional Minister Salifu Saeed warned radio stations in the Tamale metropolis to desist from using their platforms to encourage foul verbal exchanges between the Sunni community (Ambariya) and Imam Abu Dijana (son of Sheikh Basha).