The Daily Statesman has gathered that some unknown gunmen yesterday attacked the Palace of Tamale Dakpema Naa, Bawa Fuseini in Tamale in the Northern region.
The Paramount Chief, we are told was allegedly injured alongside some four other chiefs in the process of the shooting incident.
They are believed to have sustained various degrees of injuries at the palace and are currently receiving treatment at the Tamale Teaching Hospital.
Dakpema Naa, our sources disclosed would be airlifted to Accra for further treatment, after the gunmen numbering about 15 who arrived at the Dakpema Naa palace in two Toyota pickup vehicles shot sporadically destroying the palace, a water tank, a motorbike and other properties of the palace.
Our sources further indicated that bloodstains and bullet penetrations are visible marks of the attack on the palace, while discharged cartridges and a burnt motorbike were also found at the scene.
The Northern Regional Crime Officer, Supt Bernard Baba Ananga, who confirmed the incident said at about 5am yesterday, a patrol team heard a gunshot around the Dakpema palace.
To this end, he said, the patrol team rushed to the palace but the gunmen had fled the scene after the shooting incident, saying that the Dakpema Naa and the injured persons are in stable condition.
“When we visited to the hospital, we met Dakpema Naa and the other injured persons. And they are in stable condition,” he said.
Supt Ananga revealed that the police have launched a manhunt for the 15 suspects who allegedly stormed the Dakpema Naa palace and attacked the chief.
Meanwhile, a subject of the Dakpema Naa, Adam Musah, called on government and the security agencies to investigate the shooting incident and to find a lasting solution to the issue regarding the Dakpema Naa palace and the Gulkpe Naa palace.
He, however, called on the supporters of the Dakpema Naa to calm down and allow the police to do their work.
“We don’t want to do anything because there’s law in this country and we will allow the security to do their work to avoid any future occurrences,” he noted.
The situation has heightened tension between followers of the Gulkpena Naa and the Tamale Dakpema Naa over who is the chief of Tamale. There is also tension within the region which has the propensity of affecting the peace in Dagbon if not managed properly.