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Relatives of the late chief of Bimbilla at the press conference.

Bimbilla royals in the Northern Ghana are angry at what they had termed the ?unnecessary delay? in burying their chief, Naa Alhaji Salifu Dawuni, who passed on last Wednesday.

They particularly blamed the Northern Regional Minister, Bede Anwataasumo Ziedeng, the District Security Committee of the area and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government for the delay.

Spokesperson for the family, Abass Abdul-Mumin, briefing the media in Accra yesterday about the development, said the District Security Agency at Yendi, where the body of the late chief was deposited in a mortuary, had refused to allow them (royals) take their deceased chief?s body for burial.

According to him, the security agency told them that they (security) were instructed by the government not to release the body of the chief to his family for burial, until the ?appropriate time.?

He saw the alleged decision of the government as a violation of their tradition and religion, since the late chief was a Muslim and as such, he should have been buried immediately after he had passed on.

Meanwhile, he said the royals had also been deprived of their traditional right to have their chief buried right within his own house.

?We as a family wish to state categorically that under Nanumba custom, a deceased Bimbilla Naa is buried at the palace?, the spokesman stressed.

He asserted, ?We suspect foul play on the part of the Regional Minister and strongly object to this.?

He expressed grave concern that Mr. Ziedeng?s ?stand is not only uninformed, but has the potential to create more security problems in the area in the future?.

?By his action, Mr. Andani Dassana would be emboldened to create security problems with impunity,? he added.

On behalf of the family, Abass Abdul-Mumin called on President John Mahama and the National Chief Imam, Sheik Osman Sharubutu, to intervene swiftly so that they could have their chief?s body for burial in order that the peace in the area would not be disturbed.

 BY Melvin Tarlue

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