Eyewitnesses state that armed assailants opened fire on residents at the Nkwanta Central Market early this morning, leading to destruction of properties and the evacuation of residents.
In the aftermath of the attack, a police officer and five others sustained critical injuries from bullet wounds and are currently receiving treatment at the Nkwanta St. Joseph Catholic Hospital.
The Oti Region has been grappling with tribal conflicts involving the Adele, Challa, and Akyode ethnic groups, primarily related to land litigation issues.
Recently, tensions escalated due to disputes surrounding a Yam Festival organized by the Akyode people in Nkwanta, leading to fresh skirmishes.
Efforts by the Oti Regional Security Council (REGSEC) to mediate and resolve the underlying issues have proved challenging, with skirmishes persisting in the town.
Oti Regional Minister, Joshua Mukubu, announced that the REGSEC has deployed personnel to investigate the cause of this latest attack.
He further revealed that consultations with local chiefs and opinion leaders are ongoing to encourage residents to lay down their arms and restore peace.
In response to the situation, police and military personnel have been deployed to maintain peace and ensure the safety of residents in the affected area.
Investigations are underway to ascertain the factors contributing to the continued unrest in Nkwanta.