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8th March 2011, 11:21 PM
Malian Muslims operating a mini petrol station popularly called ‘Gao-Gao’ at Aboade in the Ahanta West District of the Western Region have clashed with their local Muslim counterparts over the ownership of a newly-constructed Islamic school, mosque and a room.

The incident took place a few days ago. Three people sustained various degrees of cutlass wounds and were admitted, treated and discharged. Three Muslims suspected to have caused arm have been arrested and remanded in police custody, while investigations are underway.

The wounded are Imam Issifu Ayensu of Aboade, 56, his wife Ashatu Ananza, 42 and Abdul Salam Issifu, 24, son of Imam Issifu Ayensu, who were admitted, treated and discharged.

The suspects are Alassan Mohammed, a 43-year-old farmer, Ibrahim Ahmed, a 21-year-old student and Moctar Mohammed, a 16-year-old student. They are to re-appear at the Takoradi Circuit Court today, March 8, 2011.

Briefing Daily Guide yesterday, ASP Akologo Ayamga, Kwesimintsim District Police Commander, said recently, some Malian Muslims, led by Imam Ali Musah, converted some local people of Aboade into the Islamic religion.

Over the years, some of the local Muslims rose to the position of Imam when Ali Musah left Aboade for Agona Nkwanta, capital town of Ahanta West District, where he and his fellow Malians worshipped and held all their Islamic activities.

At the time, there was no mosque so prayers were said in a small structure at Aboade. Imam Issifu Ayensu, an indigene of Aboade, took over the worship and prayers of the Islamic group in Aboade when Imam Ali Musah left for Agona Nkwanta.

Later, an Islamic non-governmental organization built a mosque, one bedroom house for the Imam and a primary school for the Muslims in Aboade in 2009. ASP Akologo Ayamga disclosed that last Friday, the original Muslims from Mali, led by Ali Musah, returned to Aboade to reclaim the title of Imam, and take over the mosque, school and room from the local Muslims.

Imam Issifu Ayensu and the local Muslims refused to hand over the facilities to the Malians and reported the case to the police, so the Ahanta West District Security Committee tried to resolve the impasse.

Last Friday, the Malian Muslims stormed the mosque and allegedly beat Imam Issifu Ayensu, the wife Ashatu Ananza and children and slashed them with cutlasses. The victims later reported the case to the police.

The alleged Malian aggressors also reported the case and during investigations, three of the Malian Muslims were arrested and put before the Takoradi circuit court ‘B’ for causing harm and were remanded into police custody.
Meanwhile, the police have closed down the mosque to avert further clashes.

Daily Guide gathered that after the clash, the entire Aboade community resolved not to see any Malian Muslim in the town, so the police have since been patrolling the town.



Source: d-g