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Chieftaincy Dispute in Sakyikrom: Clash Over Attempt to Reinstate Destooled Chief

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A clash erupted in Sakyikrom, a community near Nsawam in the Eastern region, when armed police deployed by the Nsawam Police Command tried to reinstate a destooled chief, Nana Osae Duodu Anka IV, at the palace. The clash occurred as a result of a chieftaincy dispute between Nana Osae Duodu Anka IV and the current chief, Odeefuor Sakyi Agyarkwa.

According to Nana Osae Duodu Anka IV, he was legitimately enstooled in 2013, but while abroad for medical treatment in 2020, he was informed that the queen mother, Nana Agyarkwabea, had enstooled a new chief, Odeefuor Sakyi Agyarkwa. Upon his return, Nana Osae Duodu Anka IV petitioned the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs and the Regional Police Command to be restored as chief of Sakyikrom to have access to his properties at the palace.

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However, the queen mother insisted that Nana Osae Duodu Anka IV was just a caretaker chief who signed an MOU to step down when a substantive chief was nominated and therefore blocked his access to the palace. The Buafi gate of the Ayoko Royal family in Sakyikrom also supported the queen mother’s claim that Odeefuor Sakyi Agyarkwa is the legitimate chief of Sakyikrom.

For the most part, the youth and some residents in the community resisted the attempt to reinstate Nana Osae Duodu Anka IV, which nearly led to deadly violence. The Mawerehene of Sakyikrom, Nana Takyi Akomea, intervened to calm the situation and urged the youth to remain calm and not resort to violence.

He explained that the case is pending at the High Court for due legal process to be followed to resolve the impasse, and it is misleading for the Ghana Police Service to aid destooled Nana Osae Anka IV from Amma Tawia gate of the Ayoko Royal family to occupy the stool. The Mawerehene called on the IGP and the government of Ghana to intervene and bring finality to the chieftaincy dispute in Sakyikrom.

The aggrieved youth clad in black and red apparel with red hand bands chanting and singing war songs said they are poised to protect the Ayoko Royal stool hence they will resist any attempt to install a new or reinstate the destooled chief whether at night or during the day.

In conclusion, the chieftaincy dispute in Sakyikrom has caused tension in the community, leading to a clash between the police and the youth. The case is pending at the High Court, and due legal process should be followed to resolve the impasse. The IGP and the government of Ghana should intervene to ensure that peace is restored to Sakyikrom.

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