Four persons have been declared wanted by the Bawku Central police for their alleged involvement in an attempt to vandalize a mosque. The four persons, who all belong to the Kusasi ethnic group, Amina Salifu, Abdul Aziz Saidu, Sulemana Mohamed and Fatima Musah have since vanished into thin air.
One Michael Amidu reported to the police that he has credible information that the four persons, who were all Muslims but recently converted to Christianity were planning to burn down the main mosque.
Speaking to Daily Guide on the issue, Mr. Issah Muntari a friend of one of the suspects, said the whole thing was a total fabrication. He said since the four persons, who are now members of the local Church of Pentecost converted to Christianity, the Muslim community have been finding any flimsy excuses to attack them. On that fateful day (25th December 2012), Mr. Muntari said the four suspects had accompanied their pastor and some church members to a stream at the outskirts of the town to be baptized. He said when the complainants saw the group he raised an alarm that they had gone there to plan evil and rushed to report them to the police.
The police on arrival subjected the pastor and the flock to severe beatings with some sustaining live threatening injuries. He said since the Mamprusi and Kusasi war which led to many deaths, there has been bad blood between the Mamprusi tribe and their Kusasi counterparts. According to Mr. Muntari, the complainant who is a Mamprusi tribesman deliberately misinformed the police who acted without any investigation as to whether what they were told was true or lie. When the story broke out, some Mamprusi youth went to the house of Abdul Aziz Saidu, who they suspected to be the leader of the Kusasi youth with cutlasses and other implements to teach him a lesson but they met his absence. They did not spare his siblings who had nothing to do with the case
Based on that false information the Bawku police rushed to the place and arrested many of the church members while others run into the bush to avoid being arrested. It would be recalled that for more than three occasions, the Kusasis and Mamprusis have locked horn in a chieftaincy war which has created an uneasy calm in the market town. In each of the clashes lives and properties were lost. As at the time of filing this report the military are still patrolling the town.