Chief Beaten At Offinso Palace

Nana Kwesi Wuro (2)Nana Kwasi Wuro, Chief of Asuakwo in the Offinso municipality of the Ashanti Region, was on Tuesday beaten up by a mob at the entrance of the Offinso Paramount Chief’s palace.

The incident happened at a spot just a few steps to the inner hall where other chiefs were fraternising, as he arrived for the Offinso Traditional Council’s monthly meeting, which was believed to be in connection with a chieftaincy dispute.

It occurred in the absence of Nana Wiafe Akenten III, the Offinso Paramount Chief prompting eye witnesses to question the level of security at the palace, and the safety of the sub-chiefs who might have also been having similar litigations over their stools.

Nana Wuro was stripped of his cloth leaving him only in shorts, and with a cut on the right eyebrow, and various sizes of wounds on his back.

The attackers fled the scene on seeing some of the chiefs coming to rescue Nana Wuro.

Narrating his ordeal to The Ghanaian Times, Nana Wuro said: “I saw them at the gate but I did not know it was me they were waiting for. All I saw was that they were beating me up. They removed my sandals, seized my cloth and tore it into pieces”.

Explaining the possible cause, Nana Wuro said, “It is my own family members who are behind this”.

The Asuakwo stool, he said, became vacant and none of them wanted it fearing that they would die if they did. “I took up the stool, and I was installed by Nana Wiafe Akenten, five years ago, and now they want to claim it seeing that I didn’t die”.

Nana Wuro, identified three of the assailants as ‘Kay’, Ama Nkum and Boateng, and added ‘I will cause their arrest. I never thought they could ever go to the extent of beating me, let alone doing so at this palace”.

According to him the people, included some women, and recounted that he received several heavy slaps and blows and whippings of wire on his bare back.

An eyewitness said he tried to rescue the chief from the mob but he was overpowered, and so left him (the chief) at their mercy as he went to report the incident to the other chiefs in the inner hall.

“I intervened but I was overpowered. And there were some other women who pretended to be helping me separate the chief from the men but, they were actually beating him too”, the eye witness, who declined to mention his name disclosed.

Fearing that the attackers might be at the main gate to attack them, the traditional leaders sneaked out the wounded chief to the hospital.

From Kingsley E. Hope & Gideon B. Boakye, Offinso

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