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10.03.2005 Crime & Punishment

Six Arrested In yendi For Flouting ban on Drumming

By RADIO JUSTICE-TAMALE

The security in Yendi has arrested six people, for flouting the ban on drumming in the area. Narrating the arrest to Radio Justice, the Deputy Regional Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Gyamera Yeboah said it all begun last Saturday night when some mourners were asked to stop drumming as the ban on traditional drumming and dancing in the entire Dagbon traditional area is sill in force. According to the Deputy regional Police Commander, the mourners, believed to belong to the Abudu gate of the Dagbon kingdom, drummed close to the Gbewa palace, in performance of the funeral rites of their late king, Mahamadu Abdulai, which they could not since his death in the 1980s. Chief Supt.

Yeboah noted that on the first day of the drumming, the security men cautioned and asked the mourners to put a stop to the act, which they complied. But continue the drumming the following day and when the military men on guard asked them to stop, the mourners became hostile, while raining stones at the security men. The peacemakers then retreated, because they were not armed to defend themselves. Deputy regional Police Commander, said a joint four military men and two policemen later moved to the funeral ground and dispersed the mourners with warning shots and arrested six people. He explained that the six have been granted bail because they were later found not to be part of the mourners. Meanwhile, the incident has not spilled over other parts of the district as business is moving on smoothly. Heavy security personnel are on guard the territory and the late Yana's Gbewa palace. As a result of the incident, the Yendi District Security Committee held an emergency meeting to forestall further disturbance in the area.

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