Confusion at the Ho Central Mosque between supporters of the two factions in the Volta Regional Chief Imam position

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The Ho Municipal Security Council earlier directed that the Ho Central Mosque be closed, due to a misunderstanding over who leads prayers at the worship center.

This follows a protracted dispute over who occupies the Volta Regional Chief Imam position after the demise of Umoro Danjimah Hamzah.

 

The timely intervention of the police on Friday prevented a clash at the Ho Central Mosque between supporters of the two factions in the Volta Regional Chief Imam position.

Those in favour of Muniru Ali stormed the mosque to disrupt prayers being led by Alfa Anas Hamidu. This resulted in confusion between the two factions.

The Ho Municipal Security Council earlier directed that the Ho Central Mosque be closed, due to a misunderstanding over who leads prayers at the worship center.

This follows a protracted dispute over who occupies the Volta Regional Chief Imam position after the demise of Umoro Danjimah Hamzah.

Alhaji Muniru Ali whose maternal uncle is the deceased was installed as the Chief Imam, while Alhaji Anas Alfa, the deputy to the former Chief Imam, was also subsequently installed.

This resulted in a power struggle over who leads prayers at the central mosque, leading to its closure.

To the dismay of Alhaji Muniru Ali’s supporters, the mosque was opened earlier on Friday and Alhaji Alfa was leading prayers.

They thronged the mosque and disrupted the prayers, threatening to stab their opponents with knives.

A community member who was part of the prayers fell unconscious after he was sprayed with a chemical irritant.

A supporter of Alhaji Anas Alfa, Suhailu Mohammed Kidza showcasing the chemical irritant.

A supporter of Alhaji Anas Alfa, Suhailu Mohammed Kidza, indicated the aggrieved supporters of Alhaji Muniru Ali stormed the mosque wielding knives.

“They tried to beat him [Alhaji Alfa] but we protected him and sent him home”, he said.

“BNI came in, National Security came in, Peace Council came in, chiefs came in and they know automatically Anas is the leader”, he added.

 

 

 

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