Sporadic gunshots at Yendi

Elders and some chiefs of Andani family at the press conference

Elders and some chiefs of Andani family at the press conference

UNIDENTIFIED persons at midnight on Sunday, fired gun- shots in the Yendi municipality of the Northern Region.

The shooting was preceded by burning of old car tyres in the middle of the main road, near the community centre in the business centre of the municipality.

This is said to be causing fear and panic in the municipality as nobody could tell who actually fired the shots and burnt tyres at that odd hour.

Alhaji Issah Zakaria, Yendi Municipal Chief Executive, could neither confirm nor refute the story, except to say that he was in a Municipality Security Committee (MUSEC) meeting when The Ghanaian Times contacted him on phone on the issue.

“Please, I am holding a meeting with the members of the MUSEC over the recent happenings in the Yendi town,” he stated.

Information available to the Times revealed that the Northern Regional Security Council (REGSEC) was also locked up in a meeting throughout yesterday over the issue of threats and counter- threats from both the Abudu and Andani Royal Gates, in the Dagbon chieftaincy disputes.

The source hinted that the REGSEC had scheduled to hold meetings with the leaders of both gates some time today.

The meeting, among other things, is to plead with them to hold their peace and look at how they can help the Committee of the Eminent Chiefs, under the leadership of Otumfuo Osei Tutu11, the Asantehene.

According to the source, the chairman of the REGSEC and outgoing Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Limuna Mohammed Muniru, was leaving no stone unturned to avert any disturbance in the area.

A resident of Yendi, Abukari Adam, told The Ghanaian Times that the place was calm, but people were in groups talking about the recent developments about the Dagbon chieftaincy issue.

“Though there is calm in Yendi, people are discussing the recent press conferences held about the performance of the funerals of the late Ya-Na Yakubu Andani and Naa Mahammudu Abdulai,” he stated.

He added that security personnel had flooded the Yendi township and its surrounding communities.

It would be recalled that the leaders of the Abudus and Andanis in the Dagbon chieftaincy divide, issued threats and counter-threats which have created tension in the area.

From: Yakubu Abdul-Majeed, Tamale.

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