There’s no curfew in Karaga, says Northern regional minister 

On Monday (25 March), a clash between Karaga residents and the military left one dead and three injured

Northern Regional Minister Shani Alhassan Shaibu has dispelled rumours of a curfew in Karaga following a tense clash between residents and the military.

Speaking to Asaase News, the minister clarified that the incident cannot be attributed to a chieftaincy dispute but from disagreements surrounding the funeral rites of the late former regent of Karaga.

“It’s not a chieftaincy clash,” Shaibu said.

“It’s about the performance of the funeral of the late former regent of Karaga, which was performed. His first son was purported to be carrying himself as a regent, which the traditional council didn’t sanction.”

The minister said there is an ongoing discussion between the district security council and the family of the deceased regent to resolve the matter.

“There are no factions in there,” Shaibu reassured. “It was something between the district security council and the family of the late former regent. There’s no curfew in Karaga.”

Yaa Naa Mahamadu Abukari II, the Overlord of Dagbon, appointed Mahami Natogmah as the rightful chief of Karaga in 2022.

However, the previous regent contested this decision, maintaining his position and claiming the chieftainship. Following his death last week, his supporters attempted to enskin his son as the new regent.

On Monday (25 March), supporters gathered at the regent’s residence to pay respects. This led to a confrontation with military personnel who intervened to disperse the crowd. Tragically, one person died and three others were injured in the ensuing clash.

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