Radio Station Vandalized; Palace Burnt
Tamale-based Radio Justice, operating on the frequency 98.5, was last Friday, December 1, 2017, attacked by some thugs.
There have also been some coordinated attacks in Gushegu, where three rooms at the Kpatinga palace, suffered arson by some unknown youth.
In the case of the radio station, the main console, microphones, computers and other valuables, were vandalized. The motive behind the attack, has been established to the Dagbon Chieftaincy crisis.
The thugs invaded the studios when leadership of the Dagbon Malimi Zungo (DAMAZ), was advocating the need for everlasting peace, reconciliation and unity in Dagbon.
But the attackers, are said to have held that, there cannot be everlasting peace, reconciliation and unity in Dagbon, unless the killers of Yaa Naa Yakubu Andani II, are arrested, prosecuted and jailed.
Members of DAMAZ, were said to have suffered from severe injuries, whilst their vehicles and motorcycle keys, were seized.
The panelists have been identified as members of DAMAZ (Dagbon Malima Zungo), a pressure group rooting for an end to the chieftaincy crisis.
Some politicians, are said to have promised a new Yaa Naa, within the shortest possible time, but at a press conference recently, another faction gave conditions to the selection of a new Dagbon overlord.
The group revealed that, there was the need for the selection of some regents, who will in turn select a Yaa Naa, and until these were done, there cannot be a new Yaa Naa.
The management of Radio Justice, said to be owned by one Francis, has since lodged an official complaint with the Tamale Metropolitan police command and investigations are underway.
The station suffered a similar attack on March 11, 2014, during a political talk show.
A group of unknown intruders last Friday night forced their way into a radio station in Tamale and severely injured one of the station’s anchors and three other panelists, before vandalizing transmission gadgets as tensions flared in Dagbon over preparations toward getting a new Yaa Naa.
The raiders, suspected to be sympathizers of the Andani Royal Family, besieged Justice FM, whiles a regular programme was running and attacked all four men, including the presenter before turning their fury on the station equipment, forcing the live show to an abrupt end.
Yunus Yiripha, host of the station’s morning show, confirmed the attack to Accra-based Starr FM, and said the members of DAMAZ on the show, were responding to a press statement by Concerned Youth of the Andani family, where they were accused of being a political tool backed by the NPP government to undermine the family in favour of rival Abudus.
The Concerned Youth of the Andani Family, two weeks ago, said DAMAZ, was a propaganda tool sponsored by the Nana Addo-led government to use pressure and other arm-twisting means to compel them to negotiate timetable to end the he decades’ old chieftaincy stalemate.
Spokesman for the pro-Andani youth, Basharu Dabali, also accused the NPP government of supporting the Abudu family, anytime it was in government.
They were worried about the renewed interest by the party on the performance of the funeral rites of late Naa Mahamadu Abdulai and went ahead to warn of swift and far-reaching responses this time round to any attack on the Gbewaa Palace, as witnessed in May 2002.
Yunus, said the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the DAMAZ and his two colleagues, were responding to this explosives allegation which was being transmitted on another radio station, Diamond FM, when the heavily built men burst into the studios and beat up all the occupants.
He told StarrNews that, the angry intruders plucked off electrical gadgets and kicked equipment, which forced the station to a total shut down for moments before police crisis response team arrived.
According to him, a gentleman who was just a spectator in the studio, also suffered the fury of these suspected Andani youth, who fled the scene before the police came.
Police have reportedly secured the radio station and the normal programmes, have resumed, whiles a probe has been launched into the attack, Yunus indicated.
However, on the same night, in what appears to be coordinated attacks, the tensions rapidly spread to Gushegu, where three rooms at the Kpatinga palace, suffered arson by some unknown youth.
Assemblyman for Nayilifong electoral area, Suale Alidu, said the palace was set ablaze midnight and that many vital traditional regalia and items were consumed by the fire.
He said, police have visited the scene and the elders of the palace were still accessing the damage.
He said, police were unable to identify the perpetrators and no arrest made yet.