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15.06.2005 General News

Irate Youth Chase Chief Out Of Palace

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Rampaging youth of Nyinasinase, near Agogo in the Ashanti Region, have attacked the palace of their chief, Nana Awere Bawuah, caused massive destruction of property, including the stool of authority, and forced the chief and his household to seek refuge in a neighbouring village.

The enraged youth are said to have taken the action to banish the chief from the town over allegations that he had leased a large portion of the stool land, valued at ¢7.5 billion, to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) without offering the people their share of the proceeds.

In the ensuing rampage, the 62-year-old Gyaasehene, Nana Osei Bonsu, was tied with a rope and put in the scorching sun, causing the old man to lose consciousness. He was rush to KATH where he was given oxygen and blood transfusion to revive him.

Two persons, Osei Kwadwo and Mark Boahene, suspected to be ringleaders of the attack, are in police custody to assist with investigations. Twenty-three others, including one Kwame Abebrese, are being sought for to assist the police with investigations.

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