IGP in Yendi following violence over Yaa Naa's funeral

The Inspector General of Police David Asante Apeatu is expected in Yendi today (Saturday, January 12) following two days of gun violence between the Abudus and Andanis.

David Asante-Apeatu, IGP

The clashes, which started on Thursday through to Friday, claimed one live and injured about 17 people.

Houses were burnt down, shops closed while residents flee the town for fear of reprisal attacks.

According to Yendi Divisional Police Commander, Superintendent Happy Addae, seven people have been arrested and are being processed for court.

The national security deployed additional soldiers and police officers to the area to restored calm.

Friday’s disturbances, which erupted after Jummah prayers, is said to have been triggered by the demand of keys to the Mba Dugu Palace, which is being occupied by Bolin-Lana Abdulai Mahamadu.

The funeral was to commenced on January 4, 2019 but was postponed following disagreement over the occupancy of the Mba Dugu’s residence that is close to the temporary Gbewaa Palace in Yendi in the Northern Region.

The Andanis say the part of the palace being occupied by the Bolin Lana is significant to the performance of the funeral.

According to the family it's usually occupied by some chiefs and Muslim clerics who played significant roles in the performance of a Yaa Naa’s funeral rites.

However, the Abudus insist that the said residence played no such role in the performance of a funeral of a Yaa Naa.

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