Most residents reportedly could not sleep all night as sporadic gunshots were heard for roughly three hours throughout Sunday midnight in the Nyankpala township.
The situation has heightened fear among residents who felt the directive given by the district security council (DISEC) for the final funeral rites to be performed will bring closure to the chieftaincy dispute in the Nyankpala community.
Some residents who are students who spoke to EIB Network’s Northern Regional Correspondent Noah Nash said they have to stay up all night just to be sure if it was a celebration shot. However, it only turned out to be long gun battle than expected.
Some students say if the situation continues till Monday they will be forced to leave the community to join their colleagues on the UDS campus for lectures. Some called for a temporary stay of the military in the community until the funeral rites begin or end in the community.
According to a police source at the northern police command, plans are far advanced to deploy more men for patrols to safeguard any situation if the funeral rites begin during the day and night, around offices in the UDS campus area, and hostel facilities to prevent any situation.