Bishop Vincent Sowah Boi-Nai, Catholic Bishop of the Yendi Diocese, has appealed to Mr Kofi Dzamesi, Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs to help Kingmakers of Dagbon to come out with a clear succession plan.

The plan, he said should clearly spell out the limitations of Regents on the throne, in an event of the death of their fathers, so that action could be expedited on the performance of funerals of the deceased Chiefs.

Five persons arrested in connection with the chieftaincy dispute at Kpatinga in the Gushegu municipality in the Northern Region will be put before the Tamale Circuit Court today.

They are Hashmin Mumanjadi, 32, a health assistant; Alidu Alhassan, 27; Fatawu Kpanalana, 35; Mohamadu Dokurugu, 55, and Iddrisu Azindoi, 57, all farmers.

They have been charged with conspiracy, causing damage, causing harm and possession of firearms in a distracted area.

One person has been shot dead at Kpatinga in the Gushegu Municipality of the Northern Region where chieftaincy violence has injured at least five people and left about 20 houses burnt since last Friday.

The deceased, identified as Alhassan Abass, a 55-year-old traditional healer, was caught up in crossfire between security officers deployed in the area to maintain peace, and some civilians Sunday morning.

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has cautioned against sabotaging the peace and security currently being enjoyed by the people of Dagbon in the Northern Region.

He said it had taken dedication and hard work to bring peace to the Dagbon Kingdom after a protracted chieftaincy dispute and the Yaa Na Yakubu Mahama should be allowed to rule in peace.

According to the Asante King, it is time to rally behind the Ya Na to transform the area.

There is relative calm at Kpatinga in the Gushegu District of the Northern Region after Police and military forces were dispatched to check heightened tensions in the area.

The clash, which led to gunshots and burning of properties on Friday was as a result of confusion amongst some traditional leaders of the town.

Yaa-Na Mahama Abukari II, the King of Dagbon, on Wednesday, led a high-powered delegation to pay a courtesy call on the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, at the Manhyia Palace, Kumasi.

The visit was to express the gratitude of the chiefs and people of Dagbon to the Committee of Eminent Chiefs, led by the Asantehene, which successfully brokered peace in the area after about a 16-year feud in the area.

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