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The peace which has held in Tamale, and indeed the whole of Dagbon in the Northern Region for sometime now has given way to a state of anxiety and apprehension.

It is regrettable that observers must rethink their new impression about Dagbon youth, given last Monday?s state of insecurity after an uninterrupted lull in inter-youth hostilities.

We have come a long way from the days when the youth in the Municipality were at the beck and call of politicians, regardless of how much this would cost the peace of Tamale.

It is our prayer that no revenge killing takes place, as security agents patrol the streets and keep watch over strategic installations, including the investments of people.

In such volatile places such as Tamale where the youth, including some adults, are quick to ascribe any confusion to the debilitating chieftaincy imbroglio which has impeded the progress of this important part of the country, the last thing we should countenance is avoidable bloodshed.

The manner in which the masked man on the motorbike assailed the first young man leaves an impression of a cleverly hatched plot ? a typical urban setting criminality.

It is a murder which has left many worried about how urbanization is unleashing on the Tamale Municipality the traits which come with such developments.

The Northern Regional CID personnel, before this incident, were struggling to track down a young man who brutalized a female medical student of the UDS Medical School, leaving her for dead.

The matter, we have learnt, is now in the bosom of the CID Headquarters ? a hard nut yet to be cracked as the suspect is on the run.

Given their religious backgrounds, Nasiru Alhassan, 29, a network engineer and Rashid Mustapha, 26, a vulcaniser, have both been interred.

It is painful that such young men would have their lives truncated through the barrel of the gun under circumstances totally nonsensical and unnecessary.

The mother of one of the victims of the murders, we have learnt, collapsed upon hearing news about what had befallen her son. She has just lost a potential breadwinner for the family, if he is already not one.

One thing is clear about the situation in Tamale and beyond: Some young men have unregistered firearms in their possession and are ready to turn these on those they do not agree with.

We are worried that the law enforcement agents are yet to make any arrests and pray this case does not end up un-cracked.

Until these suspects are nabbed and the quantity of unregistered weapons seized and possibly destroyed, any semblance of peace is only transient.

We must begin to look at the possibility of establishing a peace council in Tamale, whose membership should encompass important personalities from both sides of the chieftaincy and religious divides.

This could be helpful in the search for permanent peace, in what by all standards, is a flashpoint.


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