The Bolgatanga High Court has revoked the arrest warrant for Naa Bohagu Mahami Abdulai Sheriga, the Nayiri of the Mamprugu Traditional Area, and his kingmakers.
This comes just a few days after the same court issued the warrant sought by Lieutenant Colonel Ajibadeck Bemjamin Baba (Rtd), who sought the arrest of the paramount chief following his enskinnment.
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As a result, the court modified the prior ex-parte motion, which is now “hereby rescinded under the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court”.
Uncertainty surrounded the cause of the chief’s arrest, but it was assumed that it had something to do with the forcible and illegal installation of a new chief for Bawku on February 15 at the palace of the Mamprugu overlord.
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The warrant also directed the arrest of Alhaji Seidu Abagre, who was enskinned as the new chief of Bawku by the Nayiri despite Naba Asigri Abugrago Azoka II’s recognition as the overlord of Bawku.
According to reports, military personnel assigned to carry out the arrest directive were allegedly stopped by some angry youth in Nalerigu, preventing them from completing their mission.
The youth allegedly set up roadblocks on the night of February 19.
The enskinment of a new Bawku Naba in Nalerigu has been deemed unlawful by the government.
“The Government condemns the purported enskinment of a new Bawku Naba in Nalerigu on February 15, 2023, as illegal and a threat to National Security,” the government said in a statement issued by the Ministry of Information.
In the statement, the government also stated that Naba Asigri Abugrago Azoka II is the Bawku Naba, who has been duly gazetted and is a member of the National and Upper East Regional Houses of Chiefs.