Yendi: Funeral of Yaa Naa Yakubu Andani II underway
The funeral of the Yaa Naa, who was murdered in 2002 in a war like situation, is part of the Dagbon peace road map fashioned out by the Committee of Eminent Chiefs led by the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
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People from all walks of life have arrived in the Yendi township to participate in the event which is expected to end next week Friday.
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.
The final funeral will be climaxed with a Muslim prayer on December Friday January 18.
A new Yaa Naa will be installed after the funeral.
The Abudu Royal family in December 2018 also performed the funeral of the Yaa Naa Mahamadu Abdulai IV.
The outstanding funerals of the two late Yaa Naas had stalled the peace and progress in Dagbon for two decades.
There was violence yesterday (Thursday January 10) when the convoy of the Paramount Chief of the Sagnarigu Traditional Area in the Northern Region, Naa Yakubu Abdulai, was attacked in evening, as he entered Yendi ahead of the commencement of the final funeral rites of Yaa Naa Yakubu Andani II.
The Sagnari-Naa’s convoy was pelted with stones by a crowd that had gathered on the road. It took the timely intervention of the police, who came in with crowd control vehicles and fired warning shots to disperse the crowd, Graphic reports.
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One person is said to have died while three others were injured following the skirmishes.
The injured victims are said to be receiving treatment at the emergency ward at the Yendi Government Hospital.