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2011-03-30 20:48:00
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The entire Northern Regional executive of the ruling National Democratic Congress have withdrawn their services from the party in protest at the acquittal and discharge of 15 men accused of the murder of the late overlord of Dagbon, Ya Na Yakubu Andani II.

They say they shall no longer play any role in the activities of NDC. They have also given government a two-week ultimatum to “do something” about the ruling else they will resign from the party.

Regional Chairman Chief Sofo Azorka told Citi News “If we do not hear anything, in two weeks we shall resign en-block.” He described the ruling as a disgrace for the NDC party, whose leaders had promised to arrest and prosecute the killers of the late Ya Na when campaigning in the run up to the 2008 elections.

A Fast Track High Court in Accra on Tuesday March 29, 2011 acquitted and discharged all 15 mostly Abudu suspects standing trial for the murder of the late Dagbon Overlord Ya Na Yakubu Andani II for want of evidence, after the defense filed a submission of ‘No Case’.

After the ruling, angry members of the Andani Royal family who are also members of the ruling National Democratic Congress on Tuesday evening, set the Northern Regional office of the party on fire.

The Tamale Central constituency office was also attacked, but because it is a rented premises, files and other documents were taken out and burnt by the irate party members. The angry youth also burnt down an NYEP office building.

Eyewitnesses say a middle aged man was shot by soldiers who have taken over the Tamale metropolis to protect human lives and property as angry youth burnt car tyres and destroyed several belongings owned by the incumbent government.

The Northern Regional Security Council has imposed a curfew on the Tamale Metropolis as an interim measure to curtail rising tension which has already claimed one life. The curfew takes effect from 11:00pm on Tuesday March 29 2011, but it is not clear when it ends on Wednesday.

The angry youth on Tuesday issued a warning to President Mills not to set foot in the Region unless something is done about the ruling. It is not clear if the President would heed to the advice of the angry youth and avoid going to the Northern Region since the President is already in the Upper West Region as part of his tour across the various regions.

Citi News’ Northern Region Correspondent, Abdul Karim Naatogmah described the situation in Tamale on Tuesday night as a matter of “life and death”.

Trial Judge, Justice E K Ayebi acquitted and discharged all 15 mostly Abudu suspects standing trial for the murder of the late Dagbon Overlord Ya Na Yakubu Andani II after the defense, led by Samuel Atta Akyea, filed a submission of ‘No Case' following the failure of the Prosecution to present more witnesses.

Though Prosecution had closed its case in early November last year, it filed an affidavit to re-open the case claiming there was recorded audio evidence of the sixth accused, Alhassan Braimah having confessed to murdering the Ya Na. The confession was allegedly recorded by one Moses Nsor.

All the 15 suspects pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to the murder. The seventh accused, who is facing an additional charge of murder has been at large.

One of the suspects in Police custody, Iddrisu Iddi, who is the Mbadugu was spared police detention due to old age.


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