Security increases in Dabgon as funeral of Yaa Naa Abdulai IV begins

By Mutala Yakubu
Security increases in Dabgon as funeral of Yaa Naa Abdulai IV begins

Security has heightened as the final funeral rites of the late Yaa Naa Mahamud Abdulai IV has begun at the Old Gbewaa Palace in Yendi.

The funeral of Yaa Naa Abdulai which started today December 14 will end on December 28.

This will be followed by the funeral of Yaa-Naa Yakubu Andani II which will start from the 4th to 19th January 2019.

This decision was made by President Akufo-Addo through the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, and the Committee of Eminent Chiefs who led the mediation process.

An undertaking was signed by the Abudus that they will vacate the renovated Old Gbewaa Palace after the funeral.

There is currently a heavy presence of Police and Military in the Yendi town to ensure that the funeral rights are held peacefully.

Signing the document on behalf of the family, the Regent of Nanton, Alhaji Issahaka Sule, pledged that the Abudus will abide by all the rules governing the road-map.

“We would wish that there shouldn’t be any obstacles. There shouldn’t be anything that will disturb the movements so we are appealing to the regional minister and the security agencies to look at all risks and ensure that nobody will say the Abudus do not like peace.”

The commencement of the funeral was symbolically marked by the playing of drums and firing of gunshots last night when the Regent entered the palace.

There were cheers when the Abudu royal family officially entered Naa Gbewa place to mark the beginning of the funeral after its keys were handed over to the family.

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