The Eastern Regional Police Commander, DCOP Angwubutoge Awuni, has advised the kingmakers of Kwahu Traditional Council to follow the legal Akan procedures of installing any chief in the area.
He also advised them to notify the police during the installation and outdooring of any chief in the traditional area, to enable them (police) give adequate security and enforce law and order.
DCOP Awuni gave the advice at a meeting with the kingmakers, following an alleged installation and outdooring of a new Paramount Chief of Kwahu at Abene, the seat of the Kwahu Traditional Council, on Wednesday.
H e said, though the Public Order Act did not allow the police to meddle in chieftaincy issues, “it is the duty of the same police to ensure that there is peace and order in the country and, therefore, we will not sit down for blood to be shared before we act”.
According to DCOP Awuni, the meeting with the kingmakers followed intelligence reports received from the area that some youth had allegedly set fire to vehicles, shit- bombed some of the kingmakers’ houses, and planted dynamite on people’s vehicles because they were not in favour of the installation of a new paramount chief who was not in their good books.
The Regional Commander said the police were monitoring the situation closely and therefore, advised the kingmakers not to take the law into their own hands to cause mayhem in the area.
At the meeting, the kingmakers, led by the Krontihene, Nana Simpe Owiredu III, denied any knowledge of any installation of a new chief, and assured that they would follow the due process and notify the police when they decided to install and outdoor any chief.
From Samuel Opare Lartey,