Violence At Teshie

The presence of the police at the palaceA fight between rival clans over the installation of a new chief at Teshie in Accra yesterday, resulted in the death of one person and injuries to several others.

Seven people were arrested by the police in connection with the clashes to assist with investigations.
The incident occurred at about 6:30 am when one of the clans, the Tsrebi Ashitey We (clan), attempted to install a retired Naval captain, whose name was only given as Ashitey, as chief of the Lenshie ‘Quarter’.

Theophilus Nii Armah Ashai, an opinion leader, told The Times that about 6.30 am when he together with the youth and members of the Ashitey and the Ashiekwei We (clans) were reconstructing the chief’s palace ahead of the Homowo celebration, they spotted a group of unidentified armed men, and later heard they had been brought from outside the town to assist in installing Naval Captain Ashiey as chief.

He alleged that the gangsters who wielded guns and other offensive weapons, were brought from James Town and Nima by one Nii Amoah to provide security at the installation ceremony.

He said that without any provocation, the gang started firing indiscriminately to pave way for the installation, adding that they entered the palace which was been refurbished, still firing, thus forcing people to run for their dear lives.

That action, he said angered the youth of the area who engaged the thugs in fighting. Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Freeman Tettey of the Accra Regional Police Public Affairs Directorate, confirmed the incident to the media, saying the suspects were assisting in investigation.

He gave their names as Ishmael Nii Armah Ogidi, 35; from Teshie; Robert Quaye, 21; Okanta Abbey, 28; Eric Narh, 25; Baba Talatu, 25; Ismail Annor, 45 and Akpor all from James Town.

Meanwhile, DSP Tettey said the body of the deceased, identified only as Kofi from James Town, had been deposited at the Police Hospital Mortuary for autopsy.

He said the deceased was carrying a holster, an indication that he was carrying a pistol.
He said that when the police received reports about the incident, a team of policemen were dispatched to the scene to maintain law and order.

DSP Tettey said the incident nearly created pandemonium in parts of Teshie, with parents running to schools to pick up their wards on hearing of the incident on radio.

The Accra Regional Police Commander, Christian Tetteh Yohuno, who led a delegation of police officers to the scene to assess the situation, said when the police had a hint of the installation, it went to court to place an injunction on the ceremony, but they later learnt that a group of the townsfolk had gone to the court and had the injunction overturned.

He ordered the suspension of all activities connected with the installation of a chief.
Francis Asamoah Tuffour

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