Ya Naa’s Funeral Postponed Indefinitely

Security personnel in Yendi

The funeral of the late Yaa Naa Yakubu Andani has been postponed indefinitely following violent clashes between Abudus and Andanis over the past three days in Yendi in the Northern Region.

The funeral of the late Yaa Naa Yakubu Andani has been postponed indefinitely following violent clashes between Abudus and Andanis over the past three days in Yendi in the Northern Region.

The funeral commenced in line with the roadmap agreed
upon by the two royal gates – Abudu and Andani. But per the development, the
programme has been disrupted.

The roadmap suffered its worst hiccup yesterday when
the Yendi town was turned into a battlefront through the indiscriminate firing
of gunshots.

In the midst of the melee, there were rumours on
social media about the clashes, with some claiming that two soldiers suffered gunshot
wounds.

The indefinite postponement originated from a meeting
of the Northern Regional Security Council (RESEC) to brood over the threat
posed by the clashes.

The number of casualties so far is not known as such
information has not been announced by the security agencies.

One of the attacks reportedly took place in a mosque
when members of one of the royal gates went in to pray, according to eyewitness
accounts.

A forced eviction of the Bolin Lana from one of the
houses used for the enskinment rituals was one of the issues which bedevilled
the process.

When this report was being compiled, the outcome of
the Regional Security Council meeting was being awaited, because the decision
thereof would determine whether or not the rituals for the funeral and
subsequent enskinment would go ahead.

On Thursday, the chief of Sagnarigu and his entourage,
who were attending the scheduled funeral of the late Yaa Naa Yakubu Andani II, were
suddenly attacked around 5:30pm with stones amid gunshots.  

In the process, one Ali Zabanga, 33, was shot dead in
a house belonging to the Abudus. He left behind two wives and three children.

While driving towards the Gbewaa Palace, the youth of
Yendi hurled stones at them, smashing windscreens of the vehicles.

Reports also indicated that the windscreens of vehicles
entering and leaving Yendi were smashed at Zohe on the outskirts of Yendi along
the Tamale-Yendi road.

The windscreen of Police Navara pickup with
registration No GP 3840 was damaged with stones as well.

Information gathered by DAILY GUIDE indicated that
a house known as Duayili at the old palace junction, and others belonging to the
Mba Dugu of the Kampakuya-Na, grandmother of the Bolin Lana and the family of
the Bolin Lana’s secretary had been burnt down.

Two others, Iddrisu Abdulai, 50, of Abudu Royal Gate and
Abdallah Somed, 46, were shot in the hip and upper part of the thigh
respectively.

They are currently receiving treatment at the
emergency ward of the Yendi Government Hospital.

Reports said the neck of Abdulai Issah, 26, of the
Andani faction, was also slashed while riding on his motorbike.

Secretary to the Abudu Family, Iddrisu Alhassan, who
confirmed the shooting to DAILY GUIDE, said four of their
members, who were shot, were rushed to the Yendi Government Hospital and are
currently receiving treatment.

According to him, the police have been notified for
the appropriate action to be taken.  

Military and police personnel have since been beefed
up in Yendi for the funeral of the late overlord.

Elders of the Andani Family and the kingmakers
comprising Kuga Naa, Tuguri Nam, Gomle and Kpati Naa, are expected to select a
new Yaa Naa on the night of Friday, 19th January, 2019.

So far, calm has returned to the area for the funeral
to proceed.

Meanwhile, the leadership of the Dagbon Forum has
condemned the recent violent clashes between the Abudus and Andanis.

The Dagbon Forum, led by its national president, Dr.
Sulemana Abudulai, has appealed to traditional rulers on both sides of the
Gbewaa Family, to firmly adhere to the roadmap to peace brokered by the Committee
of Eminent Chiefs.

“We believe that the roadmap provides a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity to bring about lasting peace, stability and development in Dagbon,
and for ordinary citizens of Ghana living in this part of the country to live
fuller lives than they have done over the last 40 years.

“The people, who have paid and continue to pay dearly for this state of affairs, are the ordinary people of Dagbon, women and children, whohave lost opportunities for proper development and growth,” according to the Dagbon Forum.

From Eric Kombat, Yendi

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