The final funeral rites of the late Overlord of Dagbon, Ya Na Yakubu Andani II, will continue, in accordance with the peace roadmap, the Committee of Eminent Chiefs chaired by Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has said.
A press statement from the Manhyia Palace on Saturday, 12 January 2019, said: “On Sunday, 13 January 2019, all customary processes will continue to pave the way for the performance of the funeral by the elders of the Andani royal family”.
The release added that: “On Thursday, 17 January 2019, Kampakuya Na Andani Yakubu Abdulai will perform the circumambulation to complete the funeral process on Friday, 18 January 2019”.
The statement further noted: “On the evening of Friday, 18 January 2019, the accredited elders of Dagbon, will enter the sacred seclusion to consult the traditional oracles for the selection of a new Ya Na”.
The statement followed a news conference held by a section of the Andani royal family in Tamale at which they announced the postponement of the funeral until the government improved the security situation in the Yendi Municipality. Another section of the family, however, insisted that the funeral continues as planned.
The Andani royal family began the funeral rites of the late Ya Na Yakubu Andani II on Friday, 11 January 2019, with the hair shaving ritual but the activities were marred by sporadic shooting.
Several people sustained gunshot wounds including one military officer during the exchange of fire between the joint military and police team and a group of youth. One person died in the skirmishes and a few homes torched.
The Committee of Eminent Chiefs has subsequently directed the Northern Regional Security Council to provide adequate security to facilitate the smooth performance of the funeral and the selection of a new Ya Na.
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr David Asante-Apeatu and other top security officials have arrived in the Northern Region. Calm has also returned to Yendi after Friday’s violent clashes.