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By Godfrey Olukya 26-9-2012

The Muslim community in Ghana’s Bawku municipality are shocked over the setting of fire on their chief Imams new vehicle.

According to police, the new Toyota Corolla car registration number GT 4235Y belonging, to Bawku chief Imam Mohammed Mutalah was found burnt in the morning.

One of the Muslim elders in Bawku, Hajji Mustapha Leku said’ It has been a brand new car. It was donated to him by the National Democratic Congress senior member who is also deputy minister of education,  Mahama Ayariga last Sunday after the afternoon prayers at the central mosque.’

He said they were shocked to learn that the vehicle had got burnt. He has called on police to hunt and arrest those suspected to have burnt the Imam’s vehicle.

Police at Bawku said that the chief Imam made a report at the police station around 2:45am that his wife woke him up at around 1:45am and informed him that the car that was presented to him by Mahama Ayariga was on fire. He then rushed out and saw the car burning .

Preliminary Investigations have revealed that petrol was poured on the vehicle before being set on fire.

The hunt for those who burnt the vehicle is being carried on y the police. No arrests ave been made so far.

Unlike in neighboring Nigeria where there are religious related clashes, in Ghana Muslims and people belong to other religions like the Christians have been living in harmony without any chaos. However, there has at times occurred frictions in Muslim leaders themselves.

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