Savelugu Naa; Abubakari Mahama chosen as new Yaa-Naa
The funeral of the late Yaa Naa Yakubu Andani II, ended today, Friday, January 18, 2019, with a new person selected by the royal custodians of Dagbon to be enskinned as the new Yaa Naa. The Yoo Naa, Alhaji Abubakari Mahama, has thus been selected to lead the kingdom, after the late Yaa-Naa Yakubu Andani II, was killed in 2002. Abubakari Mahama was contesting with four others including the regent of Dagbon, Kampakoya Naa Abdulai Yakubu Andani, Bolin Lana Mahamadu Abdulai, and Tampion Lana. Confirming the selection to Citi News, the Chief Custodian of Dagbon tradition, Kuga Naa Alhaji Adam Abdulai, said the process will continue tonight. The Yoo Naa, who’s in his 70s, has already been offered the symbolic cola, awaiting the final coronation event tonight.Curfew imposed
Prior to the coronation, a 5:00 pm to 7:00 am curfew has been imposed on the Yendi Township by the Minister for the Interior. The Ministry said reports indicated that there was a likelihood of high tension because of the presence of different factions and large numbers in Yendi. “The imposition of the curfew follows various reports gathered by security agencies indicating that there is very likely to be high tension in the township with large numbers of supporters of the various gates and factions all gathering in Yendi.” “Government urges the chiefs, opinion leaders, youth and people of the area to exercise restraint in the face of the challenges confronting them and to use non-violent means to channel their energies into ensuring peace in the area.” “Government urges the chiefs, opinion leaders, youth and people of the area to exercise restraint in the face of the challenges confronting them and to use non-violent means to channel their energies into ensuring peace in the area.”
There is also a total ban on all persons in the Yendi Township and surrounding areas from carrying arms, ammunition or any offensive weapons. “Any persons found with any arms or ammunition will be arrested and prosecuted,” the Ministry warned. Citi News’ Mohammed Aminu Alabira who’s on the ground reports that, although residents are excited about the nomination of a new Yaa-Naa, they were also in a hurry to leave Yendi because of the curfew. Though the start of the funerals of the two overlords were marred by violence, the township was able to overcome the tensions to see the last funeral to a climax today, Friday. The final rites to bring an end to the funeral of the late Dagbon overlord, Yaa-Naa Yakubu Andani II, were performed today, Friday. A week ago, the town was on almost in flames after two days of violence resulted in two deaths and multiple injuries.
Source : citinewsroom.com