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General News of Friday, 12 April 2002

Source: Graphic

Security personnel deployed at Wa

THE Government has deployed some personnel of the security agencies in Wa to ensure peace in the area.

This is to forestall the breach of the peace in the area as a result of the protests lodged with the Upper West Regional Security Council (REGSEC) by three Royal gates of the Wa Skin against moves by the fourth gate to enskin Alhaji Yakubu Seidu as the paramount chief of the Wala Traditional Area.

Meanwhile, the REGSEC has postponed the inauguration of the Wa Na elect until all matters on the issue are amicably resolved.

The Special Assistant to the Minister of Information and Presidential Affairs, Mr Ferdinand Ayim, who announced this at a press briefing in Accra yesterday, however, said the situation in Wa is calm at present.

Recalling the background of the problem, he said on January 21, the National House of Chiefs upheld the judgement of the Judicial Committee of the Upper West Regional House of Chiefs in favour of Naa Yakubu Siedu as Wa Na, contrary to the wishes of the Yejihi, Nagera and Junyosi gates.

The three gates, therefore, filed a motion of leave to appeal to the Supreme Court. That was also dismissed by the National House of Chiefs on February 22.

Mr Ayim said following this, Naa Seidu was enskinned on March 11 after which a letter dated March 24 was received on April 2 from the newly enskinned Wa Na, announcing his intended inauguration on April 8.

He said upon receipt of the letter, the REGSEC met to consider the request and after reviewing the security situation in the North following the Yendi chieftaincy crisis and its likely spill-over to other vulnerable areas, advised the Wa Na elect to call of his planned inaugurate.

Mr Ayim said a delegation from the Wa Na elect, which also met the REGSEC afterwards, was also asked to heed the advice to postpone the ceremony.

On the situation at Yendi, he said 14 people have been arrested for violating the curfew imposed on the area. He said although they did not do anything to disturb the peace in the area, their arrest should serve as a warning that the government is not taking anything lightly and will deal with any person or group of persons who do not respect the curfew.

Mr Ayim warned that the government will not allow any chieftaincy dispute in any part of the country to disturb the security of the nation.

He said food and other relief items have been sent to the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) for distribution to the refugees at Tamale.