Story: Vincent Adedze, Savelugu
TEACHERS at Pong-Tamale in the Savelugu-Nanton District in the Northern Region have called off their strike action.
The action was embarked upon a few weeks ago in solidarity with a colleague, who was allegedly assaulted by some irate youth at the Local Authority (L/A) Junior High School (JHS) in the area.
The District Assistant Director of Education in charge of Welfare, Mr Peter Adombire, told the Daily Graphic at Savelugu that the teachers took the decision because they were now convinced that the security situation in their respective schools had improved.
Five accused persons, with the exception of one who is currently at large, have been remanded in prison custody by the District Magistrate’s Court at Savelugu in connection with the assault. They are to re-appear on December 14, 2007.
The court, presided over by a District Magistrate Madam Vivian Lariba Yamusah, charged the accused persons with assault on a public officer and conspiracy.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charge. They are Mohammed Abukari, Osman Abdul-Aziz, Seidu Abdul-Mumin, Osman Abdul-Rashid and Gariba Abukari, who is on the run.
The accused persons were said to have allegedly attacked a teacher for disciplining a schoolboy who reportedly slapped the girls’ senior prefect in the presence of his teachers at the L/A JHS at Pong-Tamale.
They allegedly attacked the teacher at the school after which they pursued their victim to his house and again beat him up.
Police officers who were earlier on detailed to effect the arrest of the suspects were allegedly chased out of the town.
As a result of that, the police served the suspects with criminal summons that compelled them to appear before court for trial to begin on the case.