According to the national Chief Imam, the shooting event in Nima, a suburb of Accra, could merely be the tip of the iceberg in terms of what the country’s youth are capable of doing to plunge the country into insecurity.
Sheikh Aremeyaw Shaibu, the Chief Imam’s spokesperson, said in an interview with Joy FM in Accra on Wednesday, January 19, that the terrible tragedy has prompted a renewed effort to mitigate unforeseen security concerns.
He believes that the Chief Imam’s office, in collaboration with other stakeholders, would propose methods to cope with the “cancerous” security issue.
“During numerous visits paid on him by the former and current IGP, the Chief Imam has already made a commitment to collaborate with the police in any problem that has to do with the security of the people, and the Chief Imam is part and parcel of the National security discourse on which I represent.”
“We’re working together….this latest occurrence provides yet another reason to really enhance our work and take a very strategic approach to dealing with this because it’s turned into a cancerous situation that requires a short, medium, and long-term strategy to deal with.” What has transpired today serves as a warning that we are all sitting on a ticking time bomb, and that our youth could rise up one day to create an insecure scenario that affects everyone,” Sheikh Aremeyaw Shaibu remarked.
On Tuesday, January 18, Nima and Maamobi were turned into a warzone when competing youth groups stabbed each other with machetes in the middle of occasional shootings.
In a subsequent press conference, the police revealed that the two groups were fighting to impose their dominance in the region over one another.
Meanwhile, police have detained nine people in connection with the incident and have offered a GHC 20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the gang leaders.