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06.12.2005 Crime & Punishment

Omanhene, three others bonded to keep the peace

By GNA
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Cape Coast, Dec 06, GNA - The Omanhene of Kwamankese Traditional Area, Nana Idan Andoh X, and three members of the Nsona Royal Family of Ayeldu near Yamoransa, were on Tuesday bonded over in a total sum of 200 million cedis with two sureties each to keep the peace for three months by a circuit court at Cape Coast.

They were each bonded over for 50 million cedis. The court presided over by Mr Beresford Acquah also ordered the Nsona Family and children of the late Nana Odzibaa, an alleged self-styled Odikro of Ayeldu, not to hold his funeral that was scheduled for December 8 to 11 until an amicable settlement had been reached between them and Nana Andoh.

These followed a motion of notice filed by the police at Abura Dunkwa asking the court to bond over Nana Andoh, Opanyin Kobina Panyin, head of the Nsona Family, Stephen Acquah an elder, and Godfried Davies, son of the late Odikro to keep the peace. In the accompanying affidavit, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Victor Abrokwa in charge of the Abura Dunkwa Police stated that tension had been mounting at Ayeldu and was "endangering the peace and security of the area because of the impending funeral of the late Odikro".

It therefore urged the court to make an order to stop the funeral since "it might result in violence and threaten the peace of the area", because Nana Andoh did not favour the late Odikro being given a "traditional chief's burial" because he had not recognize him as such. Granting the order, Mr Acquah said matters "concerning public peace affects state security" and therefore urged the two parties to have the issue resolved and to inform the police when that had been done for the court to give them permission to proceed with the funeral.

Earlier, Chief Inspector Hope Azasoo had told the court that Nana Andoh had objected to a traditional chief's burial for the late Odikro because he claimed he (Odikro) had never sworn the oath of allegiance to him. 06 Dec 05

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