Members of the Abudu Royal Gate of the Dagbon Kingdom are reporting that gun-wielding military and police personnel have laid siege to the palace of their spiritual head, the Bolin-Lana.
The action is believed to be in connection with the decision of the Bolin-Lana to celebrate the Damba Festival in spite protestations from the Andani Gate.
The Secretary to the Abudu Gate, Mr. Abdalla Saddique, told Joy FM’s Super Morning Show that the siege started at 3am Monday.
He claimed Yendi Metropolitan Chief Executive Issa Zakaria had told the Andanis to bate their breath because the authorities would see to it that a police/military team invades the Bolin-Lana’s Palace to restrain him from any further actions.
Mr. Saddique said when he heard the information Sunday, he immediately contacted the Yendi Bureau of National Investigations as well as the Police Command there but officials denied any knowledge of plans to invade the Bolin-Lana’s palace.
He said the officials declined to answer his calls when he contacted them again after the siege started.
The siege, he said, is causing great discomfort to members of the Abudu family living in the palace because they can neither leave nor enter the palace.
The Yendi police have yet to comment on the matter.
The Member of Parliament for Yendi, Alhaji Habib Tijani, has confirmed the action of the security agencies but said no reasons were given to justify them.
He said all military and police spokespersons and commanders had turned off their mobile phones and that it is practically impossible to find out why the Bolin-Lana’s palace is under siege.