Monday, August 13, 2007
Police save Apedwa from bloodbath
Story: NANA KONADU AGYEMAN, Apedwa
THE timely intervention of the police prevented what would have been a bloodbath at Apedwa, near Kyebi in the Eastern Region, when a group of rampaging youth set fire to the personal property of the chief, Nana Addo Gyekye 11, at the palace, in an attempt to eject him on Tuesday.
Supporters of Nana Gyekye, in retaliation, also attacked the queen of the town, Nana Darko Aboagyewaa, by firing gunshots into her bedroom but the queen managed to escape unhurt.
Nana Gyekye’s supporters again destroyed furniture of the king of Glory Preparatory School in the town, owned by one of the supporters of the queen who went to the palace to destroy the chief’s property.
The police, who managed to restore order, arrested 11 persons, including Yaw Darko, Kwasi Apaw, Obiri Yeboah and Kojo Poku, who have been placed in custody pending further investigations.
Nana Gyekye, according to sources, had not been recognized by Ofori Panin Fie of Kyebi due to his alleged misconduct, as a result of which a new chief, Nana Obeng Kwerisa 11, was installed and introduced to Ofori Panin Fie as the substantive chief.
Nana Gyekye, however, refused to vacate the palace for the new chief.
The youth who were said to be wielding single-barreled guns, clubs and machetes broke down the main gate leading to the palace and fired several gunshots when they realized that the chief was not in the palace.
The rampaging youth, who were bent on ejecting Nana Gyekye, threw out his personal effects, including wooden and plastic chairs, some of which were later set ablaze before removing the staircase leading to his bedroom upstairs.
Later at about 11 p.m. that fateful day, a faction, alleged to be supporters of Nana Gyekye, attacked Nana Darko Aboagyewaa, the queen of the town, at her residence and fired gunshots onto her bedroom through the back window but the Queen, who was there with husband, however, managed to escape unhurt.
Briefing newsmen after a visit to the palace, a source close to the police said there had been a long-standing chieftaincy dispute among some royal family members over the legitimacy of Nana Addo Gyekye as Chief of Apedwa.
The source said Nana Gyekye was destooled by the elders of the Ofori Panin Fie of the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council in 2001 because of his misconduct and, therefore, decided to have nothing to do with him.
The source sad the queen and some elders of the Apewa royal Family installed Nana Obeng Kwerisa 11, as the new chief the same year Nana Gyekye was destooled.
The source further indicated that not satisfied with the decision by the elders of Ofori Panin Fie, Nana Gyekye sent the matter to the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs, which ruled that since he was not properly destooled, he should be re-installed as the Chief of Apedwa.
However, the Queen, Nana Aboagyewaa, and the elders appealed against the Regional House of Chiefs’ decision and sent the matter to the National House of Chiefs.
According to the source, while the matter was pending before the National House of Chiefs, Nana Aboagyewaa and the elders of the area withdrew the case on the premise that since the elders of the Ofori Panin Fie no longer wanted to work with Nana Addo Gyekye, there was no need to proceed with the case.
Daily Graphic - Monday, August 13, 2007 Page: 36