Order restored at Akyem Swedru

Calm has been restored at Akyem Swedru in the Eastern Region, after a violent chieftaincy clash which caused the death of one person and several others being injured.

The military which came to augment the strength of the police, have left the area because peace had been restored.

Meanwhile, two more persons have been arrested in connection with the clash, bringing the number of persons arrested to 18.

They are   Asafoakye Kofi Asare and Maame Yaa Appiah, aged 23, the only female among the suspects.

The Oda Divisional Police Commander, Chief Superintendent James Sarfo Peprah, told The Ghanaian Times that the police were on the alert, and would not tolerate any disturbances from any person or group of persons.

The suspects, he said who had been charged for conspiracy, rioting, causing damage and assault of a police officer, would be arraigned before court.

He said the police would continue to ensure that peace prevailed in the area.

Sources who spoke to The Ghanaian Times, indicated that the chief of the area, Okowtwaresuo Kantamanto Agyekum III, was being given tight security by his subjects.

It was reported in The Ghanaian Times yesterday, that one person was shot dead and many others sustained injuries in a violent clash at Akyem Swedru.

The palace of Okowtwaresuo Ayekum III was also set ablaze by a group of irate youth, who were challenging his legitimacy.

Sixteen people were arrested in the clash which erupted during the Akwasidae celebration in the town.

Among them were those who threw stones at the police, and smashed the windscreens of two police vehicles.

From Ama Tekyiwaa Ampadu-Nyarko, Koforidua

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