Colonel Kojo Asumaning Awuti, a serving military officer who was installed as a chief for Kwabeng on August 16, 2013 was arrested on Monday, bringing plans to outdoor him to a halt.

He and four others would be hauled before a Koforidua Circuit Court to answer criminal charges on breaching public order act on Wednesday.

The four others are Baffour Oduro Fikyere, Abusua Panyin, Akua Broni, queenmother, Opanyin Yaw Frimpong and Kwadwo Frimpong.

They have been handed criminal summons to appear before the court to explain why they held a public event without giving police a five day notice as stated by law.

A week before his installation, a rival clan which won a court judgement had installed one Professor Kyei Aboagye of the University of Development Studies (UDS) as Kwabeng chief under the stool name Nana Aboagye Oware Nkwantabisa II, to succeed Dasebre Darkwa Woe II who passed on to glory four years ago after ruling for 15 years.

During the enstoolment of the professor on August 12, 2013, the other royal gate where the soldier belong sought to install a chief too in the person of a 19-year-old boy (name withheld) to hold the front for his uncle, Col Awuti but were restrained by police because of the court ruling.

However, a few days later, while Col Awuti returned from peace keeping mission in Liberia, they hurriedly went ahead with his installation without any notice to the police.

Heralding his installation was the chanting of songs that sought to cast insinuations at the professor.

Though the police were without any invitation, they heavily represented to ensure there was no clash.

They successfully restrained the supporters of the professor from entering Kwabeng to counter the soldier?s supporters.

This resulted in a peaceful ceremony that saw Col Awuti ascending the Kwabeng stool as Dasebre Oti Bruku II.

According to the Deputy Eastern Regional Police Commander, ACP James Azuma Abass Abaah, the police went for a restraining order from a Koforidua High Court to stop the impending outdooring ceremony since they were not notified as in the first case.

The police ahead of Monday?s outdooring positioned themselves strategically in Kwabeng Township.

Col Kojo Awuti was arrested when he was spotted amongst the kingmakers on Monday.

The police boss disclosed that per the procedure of such regimental institutions, Col Awuti was handed over to a team of military police who arrived in Koforidua to pick him up after he was processed.

Meanwhile, the police say they are investigating alleged acts of violence against some members of the public.

MP for Atiwa West, Kwasi Amoako Atta said he would petition the Regional Police Command over the alleged brutalities and ensure the perpetrators were brought to book.

He also noted that allegations of persons pelting the police and further causing damage to a police vehicle also ought to be investigated with culprits brought to book. This, the MP said would deter people from taking the law into their own hands.

 From Rocklyn Antonio, Koforidua


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