On Sunday morning, a fierce clash between two rival factions in a protracted chieftaincy dispute in Ngleshie Alata James Town resulted in the destruction of several properties and the injury of many people.
In the process, a 2018 Toyota Corolla and two motorcycles were burned, but police intervened to restore order, and some people were arrested to assist with investigations.
The ownership of the Ngleshie Alata James Town stool has been disputed since the death of the late Nii Kojo Ababio, with two factions claiming ownership: Oblempong Wetse Kojo II and Nii Ahoma Kojo.
A spokesperson for Oblempong Wetse Kojo II, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, revealed that they were surprised by a weapon-wielding group when they visited the palace to perform some purification.
“This morning, we went to the palace without a cutlass, stone, sticks, or anything else. We were performing some rituals when we noticed some thugs approaching us with machetes, bottles, and stones. We didn’t attack anyone inside the palace. “Let us ask the person claiming to be Nii Ahoma Kojo III what document makes him a chief,” he said in an interview with Metro TV.
Another eyewitness reported that the Nii Ahoma Kojo III camp was not involved in the clash.
“We were sitting when some men entered the palace area. They were dressed in one of the chief’s outfits, Prince Bruce Kwei, but they wrote under the name Wietse Kojo. They entered the palace after breaking down some doors. Suddenly, some people who were always with Wietse Kojo appeared, with one saying, “Blood must spill here today,” and another asking for all doors to be locked and no one to be allowed to leave. “We became terrified and began fleeing for our lives,” she explained.
However, Oblempong Wetse Kojo II‘s spokesperson revealed that they are the rightful claimants to the stool.
“We have a judgement from the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs, which is the kingmaker and only does the selection, election, nomination, election, and enstoolment of the chief of James Town. The judgement is dated June 15, 2021. Aside from that, Oblempong Wetse Kojo II has a High Court mandamus ordering that the chief be gazetted within 14 days. “What does the other claimant have before claiming the title of paramount chief?” He inquired.
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