Abudu family to go on demo February 4
Members of the Abudu royal family are threatening to go on demonstration to protest what they say is government’s failure to allow them access to the Gbewaa Palace to perform the final funeral rite of their late chief Naa-Mahamadu Abdulai IV.
The family issued an ultimatum two weeks ago with a threat to enter the Palace by force if government fails to give them the go ahead.
But the Andani family issued a counter threat daring the Abudus to enter the palace and bear the consequences of their action.
The war of words have triggered some tension in the area especially because the two families have a history of a bloody war.
Government beefed up security in the area to avert a repeat of the 2002 massacre which led to the beheading of the overlord of Dagbon Ya-Na Yakubu Andani and the killing of some elders.
Joy News’ Northern Region correspondent Martina Bugri reports the security personnel are moving around the area and interrogating anybody they find suspicious.
According to her the situation is normal, at least for now, with residents going about their usual businesses.
Schools are in session, businesses are going on smoothly despite the heavy police presence in the area.
The residents are also accusing the media of heightening tension in the area.
Meanwhile, the Abudus have set aside February 4, 2016 to hit the streets in protest over government discrimination.