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13.04.2010 Regional News

Suspected killers of Ya-Na remanded

By Ivy Benson - Ghanaian Chronicle
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Nine suspects allegedly connected to the murder of the overlord of Dagbon, the late Ya-Na Yakubu Andani were yesterday remanded into police custody by an Accra Magistrate Court.

Eight of the accused persons, Idris Idi, alias Mbadougou, Alhaji Baaba Abudoulai Idris, Kwame Alhassan, Alhassan Braimah, Mohammed Kojo, Mahamadou Abdoulai, Said Ahmed and Yakubu Muhammed are facing charges of conspiracy and murder of the overlord of Dagbon, Ya-Na Yakubu Andani.

The Ninth accused person, Idana Sugri, who was acquitted and discharged about eight years ago by a High Court on charges of murdering the Ya-Na, is currently charged with organizing military training without authority.

The accused person's were remand into custody followed the refusal of the court to grant a request for bail made by their counsel, Mr. Atta Akyea, after they had pleaded not guilty to the charges leveled against them.

All the accused persons, mainly from the Abudu Royal Family, had the support of other members of the Abudu Royal gate as hundreds of them besieged the Adjabeng Magistrate Court.

The nine accused persons were arrested together with 25 others over the weekend as tension deepened in Yendi.

The suspects are to re-appear in court on May 5, 2010.

Meanwhile, the court ordered that the best of medical care be given to one of the suspects, Baba Idris, who the defence said was not feeling very well.

Ya-Na Yakubu Andani II was murdered in March 2002, together with about 30 of his traditional elders during a three-day siege on his Gbewaa Palace, in what appeared to be caused by hostilities between the rival Andani and Abudu gates to the chieftaincy dispute.

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