Judge slaps four Akropong chiefs with GH¢48k fine for flouting Covid-19 orders

A scene at the Okuapemhene's installation | Photo: Starrfm.com.gh

A circuit court at Akropong in the Eastern Region has sentenced four natives of Akuapem to a fine of 1,012 penalty units each translating into ¢48, 576.00 for flouting Covid-19 safety protocols.

The four chiefs are Odehye Kofi Asiedu Adu-Mfum, 57; Nana Semeshia Ohene Asah Krofah II, 43; Ohene Nana Bennet Smith Opoku, 55; and Nana Odi Asempa Krobea Asante, 76.

The four chiefs played lead roles to install a Paramount Chief of the Akuapem Traditional Area on May 1, 2020.

Prosecution told the court that the convicts acted contrary to paragraph 1 subsection A of Executive Instrument 64 and Section six of the Restrictions of Imposition Act 1012/2020.

The suspects were picked up by the police and later granted bail to assist investigations.

They were arraigned before the court and formally charged.

The event which drew many indigenes of Akropong, was held amid tight security to outdoor the new Paramount Chief of the Akuapem Traditional area, Odehye Kwadwo Kesse.

Ghanaians, however, expressed outrage after images of the event was shared on social media. Not only did the event breach the President’s directive on the ban on all forms of social gatherings, the large crowd appeared to had flouted physical distancing protocols as well.

By Jonathan Ofori, Daily Mail GH

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