The curfew imposed on Old Tafo in the Ashanti Region after violent clashes left one person dead last month, has been reviewed.
A statement signed by Minister for the Interior, Mr Prosper Bani, indicated that the initial curfew, which was observed between 8pm and 4am, had now been relaxed and would be operational from 11:00 pm to 4:00 am, effective Friday March 25, 2016.
This follows complaints by some residents in the area about the negative impact of the curfew on business activities. Some leaders and politicians are, however, advocating a total lifting of the ban, as the place has been peaceful in recent times.
Several people were injured on Wednesday February 10 when some Muslim youth clashed with locals in the area. The conflict started after some young men, on the orders of the Tafo chief, pulled down a fence erected by the Muslims to hedge a cemetery from encroachment.
Several cars were vandalised, while a bank, a mosque, and six churches were set ablaze amidst riots and gunfire. Military and police officers had to be deployed to the area to maintain peace. A dusk-to-dawn curfew was imposed to forestall reprisal attacks and escalation of the violence. Forty people were arrested.
Below is the statement from the Interior Ministry on the curfew:
The Minister for the Interior has on the advice of the Ashanti Regional Security Council and by Executive Instrument reviewed the Curfew hours imposed on Old Tafo Township from 11:00 pm to 4:00 am, effective Friday, March 25, 2016.
The Minister for the Interior will continue to rely on the Ashanti Regional Security Council for updates on the situation in the area.
Government continues to express its appreciation to the Chiefs, Elders, Opinion Leaders, Youth and people of the area and urges them to exercise restraint in the face of the challenges confronting them and to use non- violent means to channel their energies into ensuring peace.
Meanwhile, there is a total ban on all persons in the Old Tafo Township and surrounding areas from carrying arms, ammunition or any offensive weapon, and any person found with any arms or ammunition will be arrested and prosecuted.
PROSPER D.K. BANI
MINISTER OF INTERIOR