Dagbon peace process in danger as one person loses his life

Dagbon peace process in danger as one person loses his life

- One person has lost his life as clashes were restarted at Dagbon in the Northern Region during the funeral of the late Ya-Naa

- Three others are also injured and are on admission at the Yendi Government Hospital

- Several vehicles, including one belonging to the police were also destroyed

Renewed clashes at Yendi in the Northern Region has left one person dead and three others injured, YEN.com.gh can report.

The incident occurred in the afternoon on Thursday, January 10, 2019, between the Abudus and the Andanis.

The injured victims are reportedly receiving treatment at the emergency ward at the Yendi Government Hospital.

A traditional chief wearing his regalia
The Asantehene has been tasked to lead the mediation team with regard to the Dagbon crises Source: Supplied
Source: UGC

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The police have requested for reinforcement so that the one-week funeral of the late Ya-Naa Abdulai Yakubu Andani II could continue.

According to the Northern Regional Joy News correspondent, Hashmin Mohammed, the police at Yendi fired gunshots to disperse youth pelting stones at chiefs arriving for the funeral of the Yaa-Naa.

Reports indicate that despite this intervention by the police, another group of young men moved in to stop the youths pelting the stones and this resulted in a fight.

The clash reportedly started around 5:30 pm on Thursday, January 10, 2019, when the Chief of Sagnarigu and his entourage of about 20 fleets of buses and trucks, arrived at Yendi.

While driving towards the Gbewaa palace, some youths hurled stones at them and smashed windscreens of vehicles.

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This left several vehicles entering Yendi or leaving Yendi township with cracked windscreens.

The windscreen of a Police Navara Pick Up No. GP 3840 was also smashed with a stone.

Meanwhile, the planning committee for the funeral had earlier petitioned the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, demanding that the Boliŋ Lana, Abdulai Mahamadu, vacates the Mba Dugu Palace, as his continues stay presents a major obstacle to the performance of the funeral rites.

That stance seemed to have softened as the funeral on Friday, January 11, 2019, will go ahead as planned.

Tensions between the two factions have persisted since 2002 after the murder of the late Ya-Na and some of his elders triggered bitter clashes.

The clashes were triggered in part by a disagreement over who was the rightful heir to the throne.

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