Police grants bail to four who defied public gatherings ban to enstool a chief

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

The four persons, who were arrested by the police, for flouting physical distancing protocols during the enstoolment of a chief in the Akuapem Traditional area have been granted bail.

They have been named as Odehye Kofi Aseidu Adu-Mfum, 59; Nana Odi Asempa Krobea Asante, 76; 43-year-old Nana Samanhia Ohene Ansah Krofa II and one Bennett Osei Opoku.

The suspects reportedly played lead roles during the event and were picked up by the police to assist investigations.

“They were released on bail because it has fallen into the long weekend and we can’t let them be overdue in cells,” the Eastern Regional Police Crime Officer, Chief Superintendent David Gyabaa told Accra-based Citi News.

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

But Ghanaians, however, expressed outrage after images of the event was shared on social media.

Not only did the event breached the President’s directive on the ban on all forms of social gatherings, the large crowd appeared to have flouted physical distancing protocols as well.

Though there were chaotic scenes recorded during the arrest, Police said on Sunday that calm has returned.

“The situation is calm now on the ground. That is what we are working to maintain. The little peace we have there, we working to build it and make sure it improves,” explained Chief Superintendent Gyabaah.

There had been a long standing chieftaincy feud in the area between factions in the Sakyiabea Royal Gate over whose turn it was to produce the next Paramount Chief of Akuapemland.

A Judicial Committee of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs brought closure to the matter and declared the installation of Odehyee Kwasi Akuffo as the Okuapehene by the Queen-mother of the area as invalid.

At the same time, the Abrewatia had nominated Odehye Kesse to be heir to the throne to succeed the late Oseeadeyo Addo Dankwa III.

Unsatisfied about events, the Abrewatia petitioned the Regional House of Chiefs, challenging the traditional capacity of the Paramount Queen in nominating and installing a Paramount Chief.

By Jonathan Ofori, Daily Mail GH

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