[ 2017-10-11 ]
Tension in Bimbila ahead of late chief burial Thursday
3news.com can confirm that intense tension is
brewing in Bimbila as the Nakpa family readies to
bury the almost four years mortal remains of the
late Nakpa-Na Salifu Dawuni in Bimbila township on
Thursday, October 12.
This follows an “order” from President Nana Addo
Dankwa Akufo-Addo to the Regional Security Council
(REGSEC) to prepare the grounds for the
The REGSEC had served the President a copy of the
letter dated September 25, 2017 from the Nakpa
family asking for permission and support to bury
the late Na Salifu Dawuni.
The letter intercepted by 3news.com, however,
failed to state the place of burial and the title
of the late chief, who contested the Bimbila
paramountcy with the late Overlord of Nanum, Na
Andani Dasana Abdulai, in 2003 when the Bimbila
skin became vacant following the death of Na
Place of burial and the chieftaincy title have
been the bone of contention in the Gbugmayili
family of which the late Overlord of Nanum, Na
Andani Dasana Abdulai, and his maternal cousin
(who relates to the Gbugmayili family maternally)
late Nakpa-Na Salifu Dawuni belong.
Family members of the rightful occupants of the
Bimbila skin as per a rulings by the National
House of Chiefs, the Northern Regional House of
Chiefs and a Tamale High Court, Na Andani Dasana,
have argued traditional customs permit only chiefs
who have succeeded the Bimbila paramountcy to be
buried in the Gbugmayili Graveyard, a sacred venue
for that royal family.
Thus they cannot allow the burial of the late
Nakpa-Na Salifu to be carried out in the same
place when he never succeeded the Bimbila
This is what has resulted in the keeping of the
remains in the Yendi Municipal Hospital morgue of
the mortal remains of the late chief as Nakpa
family will not accept it.
However, sources close to the Northern Regional
Security Council (REGSEC), the Nanumba-North
District Security Council (DISEC ), the Dasana
family and Nakpa families confirmed that an
agreement has been reached by REGSEC that the late
Nakpa-Na Salifu be buried as scheduled but at his
private residence and not the Gbugmayili
The agreement is said to have been reached after a
series of meetings between REGSEC and the Nakpa-Na
family at the blind side of the Dasana family to
which the current Regent of Bimbila belongs.
REGSEC is reported to have appealed for some days
seeing the originally proposed date would coincide
with the visit of the President.
The burial is expected to be done under heavy
security and protection from REGSEC.
In an interview with the spokesperson for the
Dasana family, Kikaa Osman, they are seeking
answers from REGSEC as to why the Regent of
Bimbila, who currently oversees the affairs of
Nanum, and the Dasana family were not briefed on
this sensitive security arrangements.
Again, the Dasana family is asking for a proof of
a supposed letter from the President ordering the
burial of late Nakpa-Na Salifu Dawuni in Bimbila
and the title he is to be buried with as his
family has for the past years insisted the
Nakpa-Naa Salifu Dawuni be buried with the Bimbila
paramountcy title arguing the late Nakpa-Na Salifu
Dawuni died a Bimbila Overlord, an entrenched
position that has sparked controversy in the
3news.com gathers that indeed the late Nakpa-Na
Salifu Dawuni is set to be buried with approval
from REGSEC as checks have revealed the Defense
Minister and the Member of Parliament for the
Bimbila Constituency, Dominic Nitiwul, is at the
center of the whole engagements.
Again, 3news.com can confirm that the leadership
of the New Patriotic Party in the Bimbila
Constituency is not happy with development. They
left Bimbila for Accra to meet with the President
as they foresee chaos should this interment be
But they could not meet with the President as Mr
Nitiwul assured them that he had everything under
Efforts to get a spokesperson for the Nakpa-Na
family have proven futile.
Meanwhile, the Dasana family is set to have a
press conference in Accra to send a message to
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to check the
involvement of his Defense Minister Dominic
Nitiwul in the chieftaincy affairs of Nanum.
Source - 3news.com
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