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Oti Region: National Service Person shot dead on his farm

December 30, 2023
Unidentified gunmen kills National Service Person in Oti Region
Dead National Service Person

Mr. Dennis Gowugade, a teacher trainee National Service Person, and farmer in Odomi, Municipality, Region, was tragically shot dead by unknown gunmen on his farm.

The incident occurred on Friday while Gowugade was on his farm gathering foodstuffs.

Sources attribute the killing to the ongoing ethnic disturbance between the Akyodes on one side and the Adeles and Challas on the other.

This incident marks the latest in a series of violent clashes that have claimed the lives of about 16 individuals in the past two months, originating from a tribal conflict among these three ethnic groups.

In response to the escalating tensions, a curfew from 1700 to 0600 hours has been imposed in Nkwanta township, excluding surrounding communities.

Some residents have appealed for an extension of the curfew to fringe communities to prevent further hostilities and criminal activities.

Mr. Joshua Makubu, the Oti Regional Minister and Chair of the Security Council (REGSEC), confirmed the incident and urged the people to pursue peaceful means of conflict resolution.

Nana Mprah Besemuna III, President of the Oti Regional , echoed this sentiment in a recent press conference, urging factions to embrace dialogue instead of resorting to violence.

The security agencies, including police and military officers, are actively investigating the incident to ensure that the perpetrators face the law.

Video footage captured the retrieval of Gowugade's body from the farm, deposited at the Municipal Hospital morgue for preservation.

As the region grapples with the aftermath of this tragic incident, calls for peace and dialogue persist from regional authorities and community leaders to promote stability and development in Nkwanta and the wider Oti Region.

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