4 Remanded For Ashalaja Shooting Incident

The Amasaman Magistrate’s  Court has remanded four persons in police custody for their involvement in the shooting incident that claimed a life at Ashalaga during the Homowo festival.

The accused persons, Nii Akwanor IV, (former Chief of Ashalaga), Shadrack Tetteh , Ibrahim Baba and Joseph Tei, were charged with conspiracy to commit murder and causing murder.

They pleaded not guilty and would appear before court on September 2, 2014.

Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Ben Kofi Anang said Charles Minta Addy was allegedly shot in the forehead and chest by Nii Akwanor IV, known in private life as Solomon Nii Obeney, his son, Joshua, and his followers.

He said Addy, together with some other members of the Akwanor Royal Family, went to enquire why Nii Akwanor was parading as the chief and sprinkling ‘kpoikpoi’ the traditional meal.

He said during the confrontation, Joshua said “I will kill human being today”, adding that Nii Akwanor told Joshua to shoot Addy.

He said after Joshua had shot Addy, Nii Akwanor also fired at Addy several times on the ground.

Chief Inspector Anang said Tei and Tetteh also fired into the crowd injuring five people.

According to the prosecution, documents received from the family of the deceased, showed that Nii Akwanor’s name had been expunged from the register of the National House of Chiefs, indicating that he could no longer parade himself as chief of the town.

He said at a full house meeting held by the National House of Chiefs on June 16, this year, the Acting Registrar was directed to expunge Nii Akwanor’s name from the register of chiefs on the recommendation of the Research and Standing Committees, following a letter from the lawyers of the elders of the town.

Chief Inspector Anang said Nii Akwanor went to lodge a complaint at the Tesano Police Station that he had been attacked by a mob from Amasaman and was issued with a medical report.

While receiving treatment at the 37 Military Hospital, the Police swooped on him and arrested him. He is currently in police custody, while a man-hunt has been launched for his son, Joshua, and the others.

Chief Inspector Anang said a gun was retrieved from Nii Akwanor while 13 empty cartridges were picked from the scene.

By Agnes Opoku Sarpong

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