General News of Sunday, 13 January 2019
The Asantehene and Chairman of the committee of Eminent Chiefs working to ensure peace in Dagbon, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, says the funeral for the late Yaa-Na Andani Yakubu will continue despite violence that occurred in Yendi on Friday.
In a statement issued on Saturday and signed by the Chief of Staff of Manhyia Palace, the funeral “is continuing in accordance with the road map.”
The funeral of the late Yaa-Naa was temporarily held up again on Friday evening following fresh trouble in Yendi.
One person was reportedly shot dead and a few others left injured following a shooting incident between Abudus and Andanis.
Several houses were burnt down in the process, sparking fears that peace in Dagbon may not be achieved just yet, but Asantehene in the statement said the funeral rites of the late Yaa Na will continue on Sunday, January 13, 2019.
The statement said;
“On Sunday, 13th January 2019, all customary process will continue to pave way for the performance of the funeral by the Elders of the Andani royal family.
On Thursday, 17th January 2019, Kampakuya-Naa Andani Yakubu Abdulai will perform the circumambulation to complete the funeral process on Friday 18th January 2019.
On the evening of Friday, 18th January 2019, the accredited elders of Dagbon, will enter the sacred seclusion to consult the traditional oracles for the selection of a new Ya-Na.
The Committee has further directed that, the Northern Regional Security Council provides adequate security to facilitate the smooth performance of the funeral by the Andani Royal family and the selection of the Ya-Na by the elders of Dagbon.
While expressing hope that all concerned parties will cooperate to ensure lasting peace in Dagbon, the Chairman of the committee of Eminent Chiefs urged the media to at all times seek clarification from the Northern Regional Security Council on key issues before going public with information.
Following police and military intervention after Friday’s attacks, calm has returned to the area.
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, David Asante Appeatu has arrived in Yendi and is meetings key stakeholders to ensure peace.