The Northern Regional Security Council (REGSEC) has warned the Abudu Gate in Dagbon from going ahead with its decision to celebrate this year’s Damba festival in Yendi township. The caution follows intelligence that the Abudus intend to celebrate the 2015 Damba despite the Dagbon traditional council’s directive to all parties not to hold any celebrations.
The celebration which was slated for December 24, 2015 with a climax on 30 and 31 December, 2015 was cancelled 24 hrs prior by the Regent of Dagbon, Kampakuya Naa Abdulai Yakubu who is the acting president of the Dagbon traditional council.
The cancellation of the festival according to a statement signed by the Dagbon traditional council registrar, Mohammed Adam Gariba, was based on the long standing Chieftaincy dispute between the Andani and Abudu Royal Gates of Dagbon.
Tension is said to be mounting in Yendi township of the Northern Region after the REGSEC served the Abudu Royal Gate in Yendi with a letter that warned the family not to celebrate the 2015 Damba.
However, the Abudu Royal Gate last Thursday commenced the celebration of the Damba Festival and had planned its climax tomorrow December, 30 and Thursday December, 31 2015 claiming that the cancellation statement was not meant for the entire Yendi township but only for the Andani Royal Gate.
Meanwhile, the celebration of Damba in Nanumg traditional area is coming off as planned despite the dust-to-dawn curfew in the area.