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General News of Monday, 25 January 2016


Crunch meeting over Dagbon crisis as ultimatum to gov’t expires

The Ministry of Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs has moved to calm tensions in Dagbon in the Northern Region, after threats of war by the two feuding royal gates, Andanis and Abudus.

The National House of chiefs met in Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo Region over the threats by the two to sidestep peace agreements.
The Abudu Royals’ two-week ultimatum to government to renovate the Old Gbewaa palace for the funeral of the late Yaa Naa Mahamadu Abdulai (the 4th) expires today.

In an interview with Citi News, the Minister for Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs, Dr Henry Seidu Daanaa says government is doing all it can to prevent escalation of the crisis.

Dr Daanaa said, “One thing we will not want as a government… is to see the commission of violence of the scale or of anything that will threaten, not at all.”

The two families have been involved in a chieftaincy feud in Dagbon in the region for years.

The King of Dagombas and the overlord of Dagbon, Yaa Naa Yakubu Andani II was killed on March 27, 2002 when clashes broke out between the two feuding Andanis and the Abudus.

Early in 2015, the Regent of Dagbon, the Kampakuya-Naa Yakubu Andani renewed calls for justice to prevail in the murder of the late overlord of Dagbon following his displeasure with the delay in apprehending killers of the Yaa-Naa.

The children of the late Yaa-Naa Yakubu Andani II similarly demonstrated in Tamale and petitioned government to find their late father’s killers.