Rigidity is mounting in the North East regional border city of Bunkprugu as a rival faction in a longstanding chieftaincy dispute is warning of an outbreak of violence if authorities fall short to quit the contested main, Naa Alhaji Abuba Nasimong, from parading himself and doing roles as chief of the space.
The Jamong royal loved ones is accusing the stability forces on the floor as perfectly as the Bunkpurugu district safety council of siding with and promoting the ‘illegal’ actions of the disputed chief.
It is, for that reason calling on authorities and other peace stakeholders to enforce the ruling of the Northern Regional Household of Chiefs, which in August 2019r, nullified the enskinment of Alhaji Abuba of the Jafouk royal gate although declaring the Jamong spouse and children as the rightful occupants of the Bunkpurugu skin.
The two royal gates of Jamong and Jafouk family members have been in dispute above the Bunkprugu pores and skin for practically three and fifty percent decades, beginning off in 1985 when the overlord of Mamprugu, appointed and mounted a member of the Jafouk relatives as chief of the Bimoaba land.
This drew protests from customers of the Jamong family members foremost to numerous bouts of violence, instability and retrogression through the time period to 2006 when Alhaji Abuba Nasimong from the Jafouk spouse and children was yet again enskinned as a successor.
Clashes all over again broke out and continued until 2007 when the Jamong spouse and children eventually petitioned the Northern Regional Dwelling of Chiefs for settlement.
The Residence of Chiefs after additional than a ten years, finally announcing its verdict in August 2019, ruled in opposition to Alhaji Abuba Nasimong and the Jafouk relatives, observing that Alhaji Abuba could not trace his lineage to any of the two regarded royal gates to be enskinned as main of the area, and thus, should really handover the traditional regalia for the onward enskinment of a royal of the Jamong household as new Bunkprugu Naaba.
Nonetheless, Alhaji Abuba and the Jafouk relatives jointly with the traditional appointing authority – the Mamprugu overlord – rejected the ruling as possessing no outcomes.
The chief himself had appealed the selection at the National Dwelling of Chiefs and a remain of execution was granted.
Jamong Relatives difficulties purple warn
Nevertheless, the Jamong royal loved ones maintains its refusal to admit the authority of Naa Abuba Nasimong and insists the federal government have to quit him from holding himself as chief until a willpower by the National House of Chiefs.
The renewed protest has activated tensions in the by now troubled town, compelling the inside ministry to tighten the curfew from 8 pm to 6 am.
The household spokesman Elisha Thomas, tells JoyNews, the Jafouk loved ones considering the fact that the beginning of this yr has filed a lot more than five distinctive problems to the security businesses stationed in the town, but in accordance to him, no action was remaining taken versus the main and Jafouk who are explained to have severally breached the peace deal.
He said a common journey embarked upon by the main and the firing of gunshots at his palace region had been some of the breaches the security organizations have refused to look into.
He also warned the latest appointment of the chief by the Bunkpurugu district assembly and the safety forces failures to halt him from judging circumstances and mediating disputes at his palace are recipes for chaos and conflict.
“There is excellent tension but we know that there is legislation, and centered on legislation, so we are pleading to federal government to use their legislation and permit peace prevail in the community”, the spokesman appealed.
Another elder of the Jamong family, David Yogbat, also spoke about what he named the lackadaisical responses of the safety forces to the various studies made in opposition to the main.
“Since the entire point begun, we commonly go to the law enforcement to report and they will usually promise us, but they really don’t. The actual point which is disturbing us, if the government need to have utilized it is superior place of work to enable them velocity up the circumstance, we will have been satisfied, so that, to place almost everything amicable in city. We really don’t require just about anything, we need to have peace,” he claimed
Contested Bunkpurugu Naaba fires back
In reaction, Naa Abuba Nasimong has known as the bluff of his rivals, insisting he’s the reputable ruler and would proceed to rule Bunkprugu and that the only overriding authority to eliminate him is the Mamprugu overlord, not even the House of Chiefs.
“We know, there is no person in this planet who does not have enemies. If my enemies do not want me to be a chief, that my enemy need to consider his greatest and be the Nayiri of Mamprugu if you are not in this placement, you cannot clear away me out of this skin,” he stated.
Naa Abuba also refuted claims of renewed tensions in the area, indicating that, ” there is nothing alarming in Bunkpurugu, in the complete of Bimoaba land”, and urging the safety to offer with those scheduling to foment hassle in the space. “I have been resolving so several situations which can even induce war than our chieftaincy concern. So if anyone says there is any rigidity in Bunkpurugu, that person is instead acquiring the tension (sic) and the legislation must deal with that person, he really should be invited”.
District Stability Council Chairman reacts
In an interview with JoyNews, the District Main Govt and Security Council Chairman, Alhaji Majeed Duut, denied the allegations that his business office was siding with Alhaji Abuba and the Jafouk family.
In accordance to him, however he was mindful of the Regional Home of Chiefs’ ruling, he is however to get any official discover from both Property or the Nayiri or even the chieftaincy ministry instructing him not to regard the authority of Alhaji Naa Abuba Nasimong as main of Bunkpurugu.
He mentioned right until he gained these official see, he would not be in posture to have out opposite measures or steps in the prolonged winding chieftaincy dispute of the area.
The DCE reported the protection forces ended up firmly on the floor and would answer ruthlessly to any possible threats which are possible to hurt the peace and development in the location.
Meanwhile, JoyNews‘ checks exposed lots of citizens are nevertheless not conscious of the reviewed curfew and there is no compliance as perfectly as enforcement in the town by the stability organizations.