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

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