Bimbilla: Adani Family fumes over Nakpa Naa burial, threatens action

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The Andani Family, one of the two key factions in the long drawn-out conflict in the Northern Region town of Bimbilla, says it is disappointed with government for proceeding with plans to bury the late chief of Bimbilla Naa Salifu Dawuni despite calls to build consensus on the matter first.

The Chief died almost three years ago, but threats of conflict have stalled burial ceremonies.

At least 20 people have lost their lives in pockets of conflicts over where to bury the late Chief of Bimbilla.

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However, amidst a heavy security, Government saw ensured that the late Nakpa Naa was laid to rest.

The spokesman for the Andani Family, Osman Tahiru Kikaa, has vowed that any attempt to create a parallel structure by installing another chief or regent will be resisted.

“We do not see anything wrong with the burial of Nakpa Naa…but if he [President Akufo-Addo] is convinced by the immediate family of the Nakpa Na, to the extent that he thinks it is reasonable to take such a hard move, then we expect that as a politician, and as a government they needed the concern of the paramountcy, especially the Bimbilla faction.

“But we are going to ensure the burial of Nakpa Na conforms with certain activities. There is not going to be an installation of a regent in Bimbilla, that one we will continue to resist that,” he said.

The crisis in Bimbilla involves the same Gbugmayili family, who is one of the two occupants of the skin. The other family is the Bangliyili.

The late King of Bimbilla, Na Abarika Atta, eskinned Na Salifu Dawuni from the Gbugmayili gate as Bakpaba chief.

But following the death of the chief of Napka, Na Salifu Dawuni was made the chief of Nakpa, which his own gate protested and went to court.

The case was still in court when Bimbilla Na Abarika Atta died and Na Salifu Dawuni contested the Bimbilla skin with Mr. Andani Dasana.

Both Na Salifu Dawuni and Na Andani Dasana were enskined as Bimbilla Na by two different Kingmakers of Nanung (Bimbilla), leading to the protracted chieftaincy dispute in the area.

The Minority in Parliament had warned against meddling in the Bimbilla chieftaincy dispute by the governemnt, predicting that it could lead to possible clashes.

At a news conference in Accra Wednesday, Minority Spokesperson on Defence and Interior, James Agalga said the government must ensure that the “status quo ante” in the area is maintained pending a resolution of the matter by the Supreme Court.

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