Abudus demonstrate for access to Gbewaa palace

The Abudu Royal Gate of Dagbon have hit the streets of Yendi to register their displeasure over failure to allow them access to the Gbewaa Palace to bury their late chief Naa-Mahamadu Abdulai IV.

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The said family have initially given government two weeks to allow them access following their rival, the Andanis refusal to do so.

The demonstration which started from the house of the Bolin-Lana, son of a former Ya-Na Mohammedu Abdulai IV, was peaceful.

The Abudu family said the demonstration was also to ensure that the ruling government fulfill its promises of renovating the Gbewa Palace.


"We appeal to the president to inspect the handing over of the dilapidated Gbewaa palace to the Abudu royal family . The Abudu royal family is willing and ready to renovate the old Gbewaa palace for the sole purpose of performing the funeral of the late Naa-Mahamadu Abdulai IV," spokersperson of the Abudu royal family said after the demonstration.

The police and military personnel were at the demonstration to provide security.


The two families, Abudus and Andanis have been engaged in a chieftaincy conflict in Dagbon for some years now.

This was after the King of Dagombas and the overlord of Dagbon, Yaa Naa Yakubu Andani II was killed on March 27, 2002.


The Abudus have subsequently indicated that they would use all available means to have access to the Gbewaa palace to perform the funeral rites of their late chief, Naa-Mahamadu Abdulai IV, if the Andanis fail to give them access to the palace.

But the Andani family have also vowed to face the Abudus squarely if they try to occupy the palace with force.

The Regional Police Commander, DCOP Ken Yeboah had earlier told, that security has been intensified in the area to prevent any possible clash between the two rival families.


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