Chief, 5 others arrested… for breaching lawful orders and celebration of Kundun Festival

The Chief of Assakae in the Effia-Kwesimintsim Municipality, Nana Asante Kojo II and five others have been arrested by the Western Regional Police Command for breaching the Regional Security Council’s (REGSEC) orders on the celebration of the Kundum festival.

The arrest of the Chief averted what could have been another violent clash similar to that of Apremdo, which happened on Wednesday.

 

Three of the suspects namely Philemon Acquah, Cecilia Kwofie and Philomena Acquah were arrested for disturbances and offensive conduct while two others, whose names were only give as Michael and Fijah, were arrested for creating confusion at Assakae after the arrest of the chief.

The chief and three others have been granted police enquiry bail while Michael and Fijah have been detained at the Takoradi police station to assist in investigations.

Briefing the Ghanaian Times, the Western Regional Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Olivia Ewurabena Adiku, said the Special Weapon and Tactics (SWAT) patrol team, on Saturday, arrested Nana Asante Kojo II, Philemon Acquah, Cecilia Kwofie and Philomena Acquah and detained them at the Sekondi police station.

She said that at 10:10am on that day, the police received information from operational men on duty at Assakae that the chief had mobilised his subjects and were on procession in the town amidst drumming and singing of war songs.

“They were celebrating the Kundum festival when the chiefs have been warned previously by the Municipal Security Committee (MISEC) and REGSEC not to celebrate the event.” DSP Adiku added.

She told the Ghanaian Times that Nana Kwaku Manso IV, another chief at Assakae and his people, were also preparing to clash with them, and, therefore, the patrol team together with the military, arrested Nana Asante Kojo II and his subjects while they were drumming and dancing, at the main lorry station opposite the central mosque, “indicating that they were celebrating the Kundum festival.”

DSP Adiku said, investigations continued into the incident at Assakae, stressing “the police and the other security agencies will continue to maintain their presence at Assakae to ensure peace and order.”

“Meanwhile, Assakae and Apremdo are calm.” DSP Adiku added.

 

At an emergency meeting held on Thursday, the REGSEC suspended the celebration of the Kundum festival in three traditional areas in the Effia-Kwesiminstim Municipality in the Western Region, following a chieftaincy dispute clash at Apremdo On Thursday.

 

The areas include Apremdo, Assakae and Whindo.

 

REGSEC explained that the directive was due to the insecure situation and chieftaincy problems in the areas.

FROM CELEMENT ADZEI BOYE, SEKONDI

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