Thursday, August 2, 2007
Trouble brewing in Ahanta over chieftaincy
BY: CLEMENT ADZEI BOYE, TAKORADI
TROUBLE is brewing at Apremdo in the Ahanta Traditional Area as a result of chieftaincy dispute between two chiefs of the village.
For about a week now two factions, one supporting the Gyasehene and the other backing Abusuapanyin and some of the chiefs have been trading in accusations as to who has the right to administer the village until a successor is appointed.
“Times” investigation yesterday indicated that the situation is so serious that it could explode if immediate steps are not taken to end the dispute.
The two factions attacked each other recently in the area and it took the police sometime to quell it.
At that time machomen allegedly hired by the Gyasehene, Nana Nware Eziah, also the regent, stormed the town with machetes and guns to brutalise the residents. One person was killed in the incident.
Apremdo has been embroiled in a chieftaincy dispute since after the death of the chief, Nana Yanke Brem 111 in 1999.
Since then, the Gyasehene, Nana Eziah, and the Oman and the Abusuapanyin, Kofi Essuon have battled over who administered Apremdo until a substantive chief is installed.
Last Friday, the Regional Police Command invited the leaders of the feuding parties led by Gyasehene and John Nat Panyin and Krontihene Nana Obunstia Tutunli 111 to assist in investigation into brutalities and threatening of some citizens.
The latest confusion started after some people declared on July 24, that they had removed Nana Eziah as regent of Apremdo. At a press briefing on that day they told the media they had appointed Nana Odomeabra, as the new regent.
According to Nat Panyin, the Omanhene of the Ahanta Traditional Area, Nana Baidoo Bonsoe XV had accepted the nomination of Nana Odomeabraas the regent.
This development sparked the trouble when the Gyasehene’s supporters also reacted.
Meanwhile, at a news conference on Tuesday, Mr Panyin accused Regional Police Command of taking sides in the Apremdo dispute.
“The police are interfering in Apremdo matters and this is worrying”, he said.
Justifying his claim he said on the night of Thursday July 26, the people had information that Nana Eziah was going to attack the people of Apremdo again.
He said they reported the matter to the police, but rather, they were invited to the Regional Police Command and questioned.
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