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One more arrested over Funsi clashes

One more person has been arrested in connection with the weekend’s clashes in Funsi in the Wa East municipality which claimed one life.

This brings to three, the number of people arrested so far by police in the Upper West region.

The clashes began when some residents attempted to prevent some illegal timber lumbers from cutting rosewood at a forest in the town on Saturday.

One of the illegal lumbers was shot dead in the process while three others sustained gunshot wounds.

The Deputy Upper West Regional Commander ACP Peter Ndekugre said investigations are still ongoing to find other people linked to the attack.

“We have so far arrested three suspects. The last arrest was made in the evening. We are seeing if we can arrest the other suspects. Police are working to get all the suspects arrested.”

A ban was first placed on the harvesting, transportation, export, sale or processing of rosewood in the country in 2014.

The Forestry Commission was directed to stop the issuance of felling permits for rosewood.

In August 2017, the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources gave approval for the grant of permit to 25 companies to salvage rosewood from the Brong-Ahafo, Upper East, Upper West and Northern Regions.


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