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Vol 43 No 8

Published 19th April 2002


Ghana

Murder in Yendi

The beheading of a traditional ruler has a sour political background

The Ya-Na, overlord of the northern people of Dagbon, is said to have been abducted from his palace by men in military fatigues on 26 March and murdered (AC Vol 43 No 7). This chieftaincy dispute, like many in Ghana, involves large amounts of money, thousands of hectares of land and solid block votes at election times. The Ya-Na's death was announced on 27 March by Elizabeth Ohene, Minister of State and former BBC journalist. The police waited to confirm it until forensic experts identified the body. A relative, Wayo Seini, asked how the government knew the Ya-Na was dead before everyone else.

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