One person was killed and numerous others were hurt in a violent altercation between landguards and wood vendors in the Ofankor Moose neighborhood on the Accra-Nsawam road.
The incident, which happened on Wednesday morning, blocked public highways, caused tire fires, and upheaved the neighborhood.
Police preliminary investigations suggest that a long-running land dispute between landguards and wood dealers was what really started the fight. The landowner’s decision to evict the wood dealers, despite having received rent payments from them for the previous three years, is said to have been the cause of growing discontent for some time.
When a team of landguards, said to have been sent by the landowner, surrounded the area, shooting fire and robbing stores, the situation took a dramatic turn. One of the wood vendors was shot during the altercation, and numerous others also suffered injuries. The wood vendors retaliated by acting to defend themselves, intensifying the conflict.
The police’s prompt arrival helped to restore order to the area by preventing the situation from getting out of hand. The impacted route in Ofankor has been restored to regular traffic after security measures there were strengthened.
The police acknowledged in a brief statement that they are actively looking into the event to determine who was responsible for the violence and detain them. As tensions over the unresolved land dispute continue to boil, the neighborhood is still on edge.