The Overlord of the Ahanta Traditional Area, Otumfo Baidoo Bonsoe XV has declared that he has not supervised the installation of a new Divisional Chief for the Akatenchie Division.
This revelation was contained in a statement released from the Ahanta Traditional Council and signed by the Registrar, E.O. Koney Jnr, to clarify a Chieftaincy issue about the Akatenchie Division. The case is being heard by the Sekondi Magistrate Court.
The CID Officer, Charles Okoto, who investigated the Chieftaincy dispute, according to our sources, tendered in the said document to the court, when he took the witness stand to brief the court on his findings regarding the matter.
Per the document, the President of the Ahanta Traditional Council has made three clarifications;
- That he (Ahantahene) has not dispatched his linguist to witness the installation of one Ekow Prah as Chief of Akatenchie as custom demands.
- That he (Ahantahene) has not appointed and directed any of his Gyase to go and supervise the installation of one Ekow Prah as Chief of Aketenchie as custom demands.
- That the said Ekow Prah has not sworn oath of allegiance to him (Ahantahene) to signify his acceptance by the paramountcy as the Divisional Chief of Aketenchie.
The case, which is being heard by the Sekondi Magistrate Court, has been adjourned to Friday, 13th April, 2018.
According to the Prosecutor, Sargent Patrick Amoh Mensah, on May 15 2015, one of the accused, Kwaw Prah was secretly taken to Aketenchie Township by Nana Taiba (Queen Mother) and Ernest Amoah and introduced him as the new chief of the town.
He indicated that the two claimed that Kwaw Prah was succeeding the late Nana Eben Ayeboafo VIII, who was the Divisional Chief, knowing very well that their action could spark violence in the town.
Upon hearing the matter, the complainant reported it to Nana Baido Bonsu XV, the Omahene and President of Ahanta Traditional Council.
The Omanhene, on receipt of the information, called and advised accused persons to rescind their decision for peace to prevail at Aketenchie but they refused to heed to the Omanhene’s advice.
The prosecution added that the complainants upon pressure from the king makers, elders and the entire citizenry of Aketenchie reported the case to the police.
This prompted the police to arrest the three accused persons. In their caution statements, the accused persons alleged that the area had two gates from which chiefs were selected and that it was time for them to select someone for the throne.
And so they selected Kwaw Prah and kept him in confinement pending installation but were stopped due to some pending court cases with the complainant.
According to the prosecutor, it was clear that the action by the accused persons would likely breach the peace of Aketenchie.