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Gov't Accused of Meddling in Bimbilla Chieftaincy crisisy


One of the factions in the Bimbilla chieftaincy crisis has accused the ruling National Democratic Congress government of trying to rewrite the values and customs pertaining to succession in the Bimbilla traditional area.
The faction alleges that the judgement passed by the northern regional house of chiefs was manipulated by some government officials.
At a news conference in Tamale spokesperson for the group, Abdul-Rafuf Junayd accused the District Chief Executive for the area, Alhaji Mohammed Ibn Abass, the food and agriculture minister Kwasi Ahwoi and special aid to the president Nii Lantey Vanderpuye of making pronouncements prejudicial to the trial even be4 the verdict was pronounced.
Mr. Junayd suggested that their action was a clear manifestation of their involvement in twisting the verdict. Mr. Junayd appealed to government to as a matter of urgency set up an independent and non-partisan commission of enquiry to investigate the matter.
The family is also calling for the resignation of the DCE Mohammed Ibn Abass for his alleged role in the case.   It is recalled that the judicial committee of the northern region house of chiefs last Tuesday ruled that Naa Andani Dasana was the rightful claimant to the Bimbilla throne and not Nakpaa-naa Salifu Dawuni.
The ruling provoked outrage in Bimbilla culminating in the setting of fire to the NDC constituency office.
The case has been pending for eight year’s now. Before the judgement was passed a combined team of police and military secured the main precinct of the house of chiefs, heavily armed for any eventualities but there were no disturbances there.
There is uneasy calm in Bimbilla but spokesperson for Naa Andani Dasana, Bawa Alhassan Salifu says the aggrieved are only trying to create the impression that all is no well. Both Na Dasana and Na Dawuni belong to the same Gbug-ma yili gate.

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