/Destooled chief and 4 others arrested over deadly chieftaincy clashes in E/R

Destooled chief and 4 others arrested over deadly chieftaincy clashes in E/R

Five persons including an alleged destooled Chief of Awenade, a community near Nkawkaw in the Eastern region have been arrested by the Nkawkaw District Police Command over the bloody clashes in the community.

Four of the suspects were remanded on Monday by the Mpraeso Circuit Court but the alleged destooled chief Nana Ofori Danso III was granted bail.

Two factions belonging to the newly enstooled chief- Nana Awenade and the destooled Chief -Nana Ofori Danso III brought thugs to fight each other on Sunday, November 3, 2019.

The thugs mostly land guards brought from Accra wielding machetes and other offensive weapons blocked the main road from Nkawkaw through Awenade leading to Kumasi and went on rampage fighting each other.

Two vehicles which were parked in front of the chief’s palace had their windscreens also smashed and burnt. Scores of people were injured. Plastic Chairs and other properties were also destroyed.

Armed police patrol team led by Nkawkaw District Police Commander, Superintendent Victor Kwakye quickly stormed the community after receiving distress calls about the bloody clashes.

The Deputy Public Relations Officer of the Regional Police Command, Sergeant Francis Gomado who confirmed the incident said the Police patrol team managed to arrest three suspects – Kwaku Wiafe’ 29, Yaw Owusu 29 and Twum Augustine, 19, at midnight of the fateful day. Two others including the embattled destooled chief were subsequently arrested.

Ghost town

Since the incident occurred, Awenade community has become a ghost town. Residents have deserted their homes with their children whiles the School in the community has been shut down as Police intensify patrols in the community.

Starr News has gathered, the Eastern Regional Security Council (REGSEC) is meeting the two factions today Tuesday, November 5, 2019, at the Regional Police headquarters.