The Andani Royal Family of Dagbon has announced it’ll not continue with the funeral of late Naa Yakubu Andani II until the Bolin lana Abdulai Mahamadu evacuates the Mba Dugu’s Palace and security is tightened in the Yendi Township.
“This funeral can only come off if government assures us that there will be maximum security and also to ensure that the Bolin lana evacuates parts of the Palace he’s occupying” Mahama Sayibu, spokesperson of the Andani Royal Family announced on Saturday.
The Andani family also says it has lost trust in the Northern Regional Minister, Salifu Saeed who they allege has not been a neutral arbiter.
The new demands of the Andani Royal Family follows renewed clashes between some Abudu and Andani youth in the wake of the funeral of the late King of Dagbon.
Early Friday morning, the Gbewaa Palace announced the commencement of the funeral of Naa Yakubu II with firing of muskets at dawn.
This was to be followed by the shaving of the sons and daughters of the late Naa Yakubu Andani II, Friday morning, however a delay by the Northern Regional Minister, Salifu Saeed, who is also Chairman of the Northern Regional Security Council to hand over the keys to the Custodian palaces, including the all important Katini Duu (Royal Mausoleum) to the Kugu Naa halted the funeral process, with the family saying the funeral process could not be continued until they received the keys.
Things went from bad to worse when some youth, suspected to be Abudu youth started attacking persons they suspected to be Andanis, triggering a retaliation from the Andani youth.
It soon turned into a gun battle between youth of both sides, leaving the security perplexed and overwhelmed, however after hours of sporadic shootings, the security managed to bring the situation under control.
Daily Press Ghana sources at the Yendi government hospital said at least 20 people were brought in Friday evening with either gunshot wounds or machete wounds.
Mr Mahama Sayibu told Journalists on Saturday the Northern Regional Security Council did not do its work as it did for the Abudus.
“We’re saying the military was not enough, we are saying that the REGSEC did not do its work like they did for the Abudus and we think that the Regional Minister can no longer be trusted [and] is no longer a neutral arbiter and we expect the president to sack him” Mr Sayibu noted.
By: Daily Press Ghana