The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office updated travel advice this week to reflect a new curfew that is in place in Yendi, in northern Ghana. Local news reports that ‘the ban on carrying arms, ammunition or any offensive weapon was still in force and any person found with any arms or ammunition would be arrested and prosecuted.’
Unrest has been occurring for the past few weeks, centering around the final funeral rites of Yaa Naa Yakubu Andani II, the King of Dabon, who was killed in March 2002. His death and the subsequent dispute over who should be his successor has caused ongoing political turmoil, which will hopefully start to ease once his successor is in place. See below for recent headlines and coverage.
Official travel advice
From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office –
As a result of occasional local Chieftaincy, land disputes and political tension, isolated inter-ethnic violence and civil unrest can occur at any time; specifically but not exclusively in the Northern, Upper East and Volta Regions.
There remains a risk of localised civil unrest in Yendi, Tamale and surrounding areas after the conclusion of Chieftaincy funerals. The government has imposed a 6pm to 6am curfew in Yendi Township to maintain peace and security. If you’re in these areas, you should remain vigilant, exercise caution and follow the advice of local authorities, given the risk of localised civil unrest. When there’s unrest, it’s normal practice for local police to impose curfews that usually run from 7pm to 5am but these times can vary.
Over the last 2 years there has been violence and unrest in Bimbilla and Bolgatanga which has resulted in the deaths of several people. There have been periodic government curfews on conflict areas over this period, including Bimbilla, Alavanyo and Nkonya townships, Nakpanduri and the surrounding communities of Kpatritings, Bonbila, Borgni Boatarrigu and Sakagu. If you’re visiting the area, check local advice about curfew times before you travel.
If you’re travelling to the Northern Region, remain alert to the potential for new outbreaks of fighting. Keep in touch with daily developments through the local media.
from Travel Advice Summary, which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/ghana
Further news and information
- Graphic Online: All set for Yaa Naa’s enskinment tomorrow
- GhanaWeb: Curfew on Yendi and its environs renewed
- Graphic Online: Yaa Naa enskinment on course in spite of attack
- Myjoyonline.com: Yendi: One dead, 2 picked for disrupting rites to enskin new Ya-Na
- Graphic Online: One person dead, police arrest 2 in Yendi
- 3news: 1 shot dead, 2 arrested with AK47 at Yendi in fresh gun battle
- GhanaWeb: Dagbon picks new Ya Naa; curfew in Yendi
- BusinessGhana: Mourners besiege Yendi-Yaa Naa’s funeral today
- GhanaWeb: Fresh violence erupts in Yendi; Yaa-Naa funeral stalled
- Graphic Online: Yendi gears up for final funeral rites of Yaa Naa Andani II
- GhanaWeb: Yendi now under control – Divisional Officer | General News 2019-01-11
- Modern Ghana: Yendi: Yaa Naa Yakubu Andani Funeral Begins Today
- Peace FM Online: Gov’t Imposes Curfew On Yendi, Kpatinga, Bole and Bimbila
- BusinessGhana: Stakeholders commended on the Yendi peace process
- Peace FM Online: Yaa-Naa’s Widows, Children Visit Yendi For Funeral
- GhanaWeb: Six arrested over Yendi clashes | Crime & Punishment 2019-01-12
- GhanaWeb: Chief Imam confirmed dead in bloody clash in Yendi over a pig
- GhanaWeb: Tension at Yendi as military arrests top Andani Chief
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