Call it a triumphant entry of Dagbon King, Ya-Na Abukari Mahama II, to the Manhyia Palace!
The Dagbon King majestically zoomed onto the durbar grounds to participate in the climax of the 20th anniversary of Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
The Northern Regional Police Command has warned Voo-Naa Mahamdudu Bawah against going to Nanton following intensified tension in the area.
Youth in the area have been protesting against Mahamudu Bawah as Yaa-Naa choice of Chief for the area.
The decision was greeted with violent protest forcing the National Security Minister to intervene as part of efforts to restore calm in the troubled suburb of the Northern Region.
Savelugu Police Commander D.S.P Twumasi Ankrah in an interview said it is dangerous for the Overlord of Dagbong’s candidate Voo-Naa Mahamudu Bawah to go to Nanton.
“As I’m talking now if Voo-Naa happens to go there his life will be in danger, he’ll be treading on dangerous grounds. The people also have some feeling that the Police want to create a way for the new Nanton-Naa to step foot there, that’s why I’m saying that it’s not reasonable for Voo-Naa to go there. The grounds is very risky at the moment as I’m talking I know we have Police in civil dress on the grounds to give information so as at now we are monitoring the situation on the grounds.
DSP Twuamasi Ankrah added:”The huge number of Police officers there is even going to insense the community so we have to take our time and strategizde and see what we can do and not necessarily putting more men on the ground at this moment.”
The youth of Nantong in the Northern region have used trunks, heavy stems and rocks to set up dozens of barricades on the dusty Tamale -Karaga – Gushegu road and using the blockade as checkpoints to obstruct motorists and road users, as part of their continuing protest challenging the decision of Dagbon overlord, Yaa-Naa Abukari Mahama II, to select Voo – Naa Mahamadu Bawa as new chief of the area.
The King of Dagbon, Yaa Naa Abukari Mahama II has showered praises on the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II for his "extraordinary sacrifices" on the journey to peace in Dagbon.
Yaa Naa Abukari Mahama II said he was grateful for Otumfuo Osei Tutu II's role as Chairman of the selected committee, made up of chiefs, by government to ensure that calm returned to the then disruptions in Dagbon.
Tension is brewing at Naton in the Naton District of the Northern Region as the youth of the community are up in arms against the newly enskined Naton-Naa Mohammed Bawa.
The youth burnt lorry tyres on the major roads in Naton to registrar their displeasure at the enskinment of the new chief.
The overlord of Dagbon Yaa-Naa Abukari Mahama, on Sunday, installed the former Council of State member, Voo-Naa Mohammed Bawa, as the new Naton-Naa.
However, the youth went amok burning, blocking all roads, and destroying properties belonging to people they perceived to be sympathisers of the newly enskined Naton-Naa.
One of the youth, Adam Abdul-Razak, in an interview with the Ghanaian Times yesterday, said that the new chief was not from the community.
He said that the new chief had no house in the community, and he was not related to the community in any way.
Abdul-Razak said it would be wise and advisable for Yaa-Naa Abukari to revoke the enskinmement of the new Naton.
The youth who were seen chatting war songs stressed that there would be no peace in the community if the Yaa-Naa insisted on maintaining him as chief.
A visit by the reporter of the Ghanaian Times to Naton on Monday, indicated that the youth have mounted ‘Road blocked’ to prevent the new Naton-Naa from entering the town.
The Northern Regional Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) Mohammed Yussif Tanko, confirmed the security situation, and said security personnel were deplored to the area to maintain law and order.
This is the first time residents of any community in Dagbon have protested the nomination and enskinment of a chief since the enskinment of the new Yaa-Naa.