Savelegu: Gunshots as youth clash with Police; three injured

Three people have been severely injured after the youth of Savelegu in the Northern region violently locked up the Assembly Office in the area.

Starr News’ Northern region correspondent, Eliasu Tanko said several gun shots were fired by the Police to disperse the irate youth who are bent on preventing the Municipal Chief Executive, Hajia Aishetu Seidu from starting her work.

A police officer who refused to come out from the building was locked up inside the Assembly office until police and a military reinforcement arrived.

The angry youth, however, say they are ready to do everything possible including dying to ensure that the Municipal Chief Executive, Hajia Aishetu Seidu is changed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

The action of the angry youth comes after soldiers on Wednesday escorted and inducted Hajia Aishetu Seidu into office.

It was her first time in office two months after her overwhelming endorsement. She was blocked by the youth from gaining access after they intensified protest for a replacement.

Hajia Aishatu Seidu officially took over from the municipal coordinating director on Wednesday, June 14 in a short ceremony under heightened security.

The regional Security Council on Wednesday, in a show of force sanctioned the deployment of dozen of riot gear wearing soldiers to force the MCE into her office to fully assume duty as head of the municipal assembly.

The action of the council followed a third demonstration staged by the youth against the MCE after two initial protests failed to intimidate assembly members to reject her.

However, the move enraged the protesters who resolved to besiege and lock up the office despite the presence of the combative military force.

Speaking exclusively to Starr News, leader of the youth, Zakaria Karim said after the late night meeting that it has been agreed to drive out all workers from the facility at 8am Thursday morning and close it down until the president heed to their request.

The action by the youth has raised security concerns in the region.

Political tensions have escalated since in the municipality since the appointment of Hajia Aishatu.

The youth have roundly rejected her and held series of rampaging protests despite an unprecedented approval by the assembly members.

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