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Yaa-Naa sends delegation to Chereponi over violence

The Overload of Dagbon, Yaa Naa Mahama Abukari II has sent a delegation to the troubled Chereponi and Saboba districts to discuss peace and a cease-fire.

The visit of the delegation was a follow up on last week’s invitation of both chiefs and District Chief Executives of the two areas at the Gbewaa palace.

The two sides expressed happiness about the visit and have reassured the Overload that they will do everything possible to end the fight.

Speaking on behalf of the Yaa-Naa, the Secretary to the Yaa-Naa Abdul Rahman Mohammed, said the Anufuls have however expressed concerns about two missing men whom they say were in a vehicle that was stopped.

According to them, the two went missing when the vehicle they were travelling in was stopped by the Konkombas.

They are therefore appealing to Yaa Naa to intervene in finding the two missing people.

“We got there around 10 am. When we got there all the Chiefs and Elders were at the palace and they were very happy to receive us and their concern was on two issues. One was that from Yendi to Chereponi, there was no barrier there and some of the communities have taken it upon themselves to mount barriers on the way to stop vehicles and this does not augur well.”

“Two of their men or children have gone missing and they are appealing to the security agencies to help them find them. One of them was a student and the other was accompanying him… When we went to Saboba too the atmosphere was the same. They also said they will call their men to order. This was at both Saboba and Chereponi. The place is completely under control now but there is still some bad nuts among them.”

The overlord of the Dagbon state, Yaa Naa Abukari II, earlier this month called for peace between Anufuls and the Konkombas in the Chereponi in the North East Region.

His call comes after renewed clashes between the two ethnic groups, which have left three people dead, and left many others displaced.

In a closed-door meeting with the Paramount Chiefs of the Konkombas and Anufuls, as well as the District Chief Executives of Saboba and Chereponi, Yaa Naa Abukari II, said the two communities can only develop when peace prevails.

In a statement from the Dagbon Traditional Council, Yaa Naa reminded the chiefs and the District Chief Executives that education is the key to development.

The Yaa Naa also called on the leadership of Konkomba and Anufuls in the country and elsewhere to assist the chiefs in the conflict area to nip the violence in the bud.



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