The mortal remains of the late chief being handed over to the family, INSET: The late Naa Dasana Andani Abdulai II
Kingmakers of the family of murdered chief of the Bimbilla Traditional Area, Naa Dasana Andani Abdulai II will on Friday enskin a regent to oversee the traditional affairs of the area until a substantive chief is enskinned.
The decision, which was taken during an emergency family meeting, will also facilitate arrangements toward the holding of the final funeral rites of the departed chief in accordance with the customs and traditions of Nanumg.
Dasana Salifu Wumbei, the family spokesperson who disclosed this to DAILY GUIDE, added that the kingmakers were yet to meet to decide on who would be enkinned after short-listing three prospective applicants.
According to the spokesperson, the tenure of the regent depends on when the mandated customs and traditions regarding the funeral rites would be duly completed and a successor enskinned.
The mortal remains of Naa Dasana Andani Abdulai II was finally laid to rest at the royal mausoleum at Bimbilla at about 9pm last Thursday under heavy security in accordance with Nanung traditions.
A government delegation, led by Deputy Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji A.B.A Fuseini, was in Bimbilla to officially hand over the body to family heads and commended them for not seeking vengeance.
He reiterated government’s commitment to bring the perpetrators of that heinous crime to book.
The minister appealed to residents to be law-abiding by avoiding any violent acts that are likely to threaten the fragile peace in the area, disclosing that the security agencies will ruthlessly deal with outlaws if they arrested.
Nineteen persons have so far been arrested since the late Bimbilla Naa Andani was murdered on June 19 at his palace by the unknown assailants, who reportedly wore police and military uniforms.
The suspects include former District Chief Executive for Bimbilla under the Rawlings regime, Alhaji Iddrisu Sumaila, Arthur Naatogmah, Alhaji Mohammed Ibn Abbas, the current DCE and the District Police Commander.
The Minister of Defence, Mark Owen Wayongo indicted the security for lapses that resulted in the death of the chief, noting that they could have averted the incident.
Armed police deployed to protect the deceased were reported to have vacated their duty post earlier than the expected time when the military who were supposed to relieve them had not reported.
This created a vacuum which enabled the assailants to murder the chief and his subjects, a situation the Defense Minister, who is also the acting Minister condemned.
It would be recalled that the Paramount Chief of the Bimbilla Traditional Area in the Nanumba North District of the Northern Region, Naa Andani Dassana Abdulai II and five of his subjects were last Thursday murdered by some unidentified gunmen at his palace.
Abdul Mumin Alhassan, an aide to the murdered chief, Issah Ziblim, a kingmaker and final year student of the Islamic University College, as well as two other persons the police are reluctant to give out their identities, were all killed.
According to the bereaved family, the assailants, numbering about five, wore military and police uniforms but without name tags and service numbers for easy identification.
From Stephen Zoure
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