Northern Regional Minister Moses Magbengba has warned that his outfit will not countenance any attempts by anyone to celebrate the Damba festival at the Bolin Lana’s palace in Yendi.
There was sporadic shooting this morning when police prevented some Abudu youth from celebrating the festival at the palace.
The Abudus have vowed to mark Damba festival there despite protests from the Andani gate and several warnings from the security agencies.
But Mr. Magbengba says the Abudus are not adhering to the arrangements laid down for the celebration of the festival.
He said that it had been agreed that the Damba festival should be conducted only in Gbewa palace, and has been the case in recent years, and was yet to come to terms with why the Abudus would want to celebrate it at the Bolin Lana’s palace this year.
Meanwhile, Yendi Police Divisional Commander Chief Supt. Cephas Bediako has told Joy News that, “Yendi for now is calm this afternoon.”
He said the police had information about the unlawful gathering and moved in to disperse them. However, he denied reports that some people sustained gunshot wounds during this morning’s operation.
He said security forces have intensified their patrols in the area to ensure peace and order there.