The Sege District Court has remanded six persons following the death of a middle-aged man, Ofotsu Sabbah and the unauthorised charring of the corpse of the chief of Terhe, Nene Mensah Zotorvi at Terhe in the Ada West District of the Greater Accra Region.
They are; the chief of Tamatoku Nene Akwafo Bisensu Zotorvi, 46 and Nene Narh Dutor Bisensu Zotorvi, 56 who are both traditional rulers.
The rest are; David Tetteh Ayimavor, 36; Maxwell Zotorvi, 28; Christian Zotorvi, 22 and Emmanuel Zotorvi, 52.
They have all been charged with conspiracy to cause murder, causing unlawful damage, causing harm and murder.
The suspects will reappear in court on October 9, 2018.
The remand comes after the prosecutor, Chief Inspector Frances Aquaye, opposed bail with reasons that the police were not through with investigations.
The magistrate, Narh Awal granted the prosecutor’s request and has since remanded the defendants to prison custody for two weeks.
The deceased, 40-year-Old Ofotsu was gunned down on Saturday, September 15, at Terhe during the final burial rites of the late Nene Mensah Zotorvi V.
A seeming burial ceremony had gone sour after members of a rival faction, opposed to the burial of the late Chief at his residence.
Mourners were then attacked with machetes and guns leading to Ofotsu’s death and the burning of the Terhe chief’s remains which was in an ambulance.
Meanwhile, the Ada Traditional Council has condemned the Terhe incident.
The Paramount Chief of the Ada Traditional Area, Dzetse Abram Kabu Akuaku III described the incidence as unfortunate.
Addressing the press through his Manklalo, Nomo Agude Obinkyere at the Paramountcy in Big-Ada, last Friday, said the act was “not only barbaric, outrageous and insane, but also constitute a crime against humanity.”
Nene Ada noted that the act saddens his entire jurisdiction as it challenges the peaceful coexistence of the people of the Ada Traditional Area and therefore cannot sit-by while such uncultured act perpetuates.
“Let me make it clear to all and sundry that we are not in the jungle to allow the survival of the fittest principle to rule, we will therefore not shield anyone fingered in the incident or in any future occurrence.” Nene Abram Kabu Akuaku stated.
He said the unfortunate occurrence had the tendency to ward off investors from the area and therefore must not repeat itself.
Nene appealed to the general public to furnish the police with necessary information that would lead to the arrest of all unseen culprits.
Tension, fear and panic had since gripped Terhe and its surrounding communities leading to a halt in normal daily activities.
Some teachers who were terrified by the incident told THE PUBLISHER that they are considering a transfer to different community.
But Superintendent George Aboagye has asked members of Terhe, to return to the community and carry out their daily activities while observing personal security.
He assured the people that there was no cause for alarm.
“The police administration has adopted policies to enhancing security in the area, we will observe a 24-hour, 90 days patrol in the vicinity,” he said.
From Daniel Akpaloo Nyorgmor