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General News of Saturday, 5 November 2005

Source: Graphic

Ya Na To Be Buried At Last

The Royal Family of the Andani gate has declared its intention to bury the late King of Dagbon, Ya Na Yakubu Andani II.

Although the date for the burial of the late king has not yet been announced,it is believed feverish preparations are underway to ensure the final internment of the Ya Na.

The Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Boniface Abubakar Saddique, who confirmed this during an interaction with newsmen in Tamale, indicated that the Adani family had sent a letter to that effect to President J. A. Kufuor and the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, who is Chairman of the Committee of Three Eminent Chiefs overseeing the peaceful resolution of the Dagbon chieftaincy problem.

The Regional Minister, expressed the determination of the Regional Security Committee (REGSEC), to ensure that peace prevailed during the burial of the late king.

Mr Saddique expresseed his personal commitment to ensuring that peace in the region was not undermined.

It was for that reason, he explained, that the planned demonstration by the Concerned Citizens Association of Tamale (CCAT), to protest the recent attacks on the Presiding Member of the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly, Mr Abdul-Rahman Hunnan Gundaadow, and the water situation in the metropolis on Saturday and Wednesday respectively, would not be allowed.

In a related development, the REGSEC has reminded the public that the ban on traditional drumming in the Dagbon area was still in force and that it would be wrong for anybody or group of people to engage in traditional drumming before, during and after the Eid-Ul-Fitr.

A statement signed by the secretary to the REGSEC, Mr Charles Abass, stated that the ?meassure was to forestall any pretext that may lead to disturbances that could undermine the peace in the region?.

?The security agencies are on high alert to deal drastically with any action that may breach the peace the region is enjoying at the moment,? the statement added.