Tamale Chief Escapes Remand
The Chief of Nakpanzoo, a suburb of Tamale, Abdul Rahman, narrowly escaped prison remand when he honoured summons served on him and appeared before the Tamale Circuit Court 2.
Chief Abdul Rahman, who has been charged for allegedly assaulting the head teacher of Lamashegu Methodist Primary School, Adam Abudu, appeared in court looking very sober and remorseful.
Prosecutors appealed to the magistrate to remand him into prison custody to allow for further investigations into the matter.
However, His Worship Augustine Essah declined the request on the grounds that the chief's demeanour in court showed he had regretted his actions and if given the opportunity he would not repeat it.
The magistrate therefore granted him bail in the sum of GH¢ 4,000 with two sureties to be justified. He is to reappear on Thursday, April 9, 2015.
The judge advised him to bear in mind that being a chief did not mean he was above the law to conduct himself in the manner he did, reiterating the fact that the law frowns on such behaviour.
The chief is facing charges of assault and causing harm for openly flogging the head teacher of the Lamashegu Methodist Primary School.
According to the facts of the case, he was reported to have stormed the school in the company of some heavily built thugs to beat up the head teacher for turning down his (chief's) invitation to appear before him at the Nakpanzoo palace.
It was gathered that Chief Abdul Rahman was demanding preferential treatment in the payment of a Parent Teacher Association (PTA) levy unanimously agreed upon by all parents at their last meeting.
He allegedly summoned the head teacher to his palace to compel him to reduce the amount in order to enable him pay for a number of his wards attending the school.
However, Adam Abudu failed to honour his invitation on the basis that the issue at hand was purely an administrative one and the levy in question had been duly agreed upon by all parents who attended the last PTA meeting.
Incensed over the head teacher's snub, the chief stormed the school with his guards and subjected the head teacher to severe flogging.
When he was finally done, he told the other teachers that it was to serve as a deterrent to them not to dare show gross disrespect to him should they, in the near future, be summoned before him.
The matter was later reported to the Tamale police who invited the chief for interrogation. But midway, the chief abandoned the process and returned to the school to threaten the head teacher.
Criminal sermons were subsequently issued by the court for his arrest on the grounds that his conduct smacked of criminality.
From Stephen Zoure, Tamale