Regional News of Wednesday, 27 February 2013
Bailiffs from the High Court Monday executed the court order to re-enter the Osu Mantse Palace to take inventory of the items found at the palace.
The bailiffs were backed by armed police personnel, who were present to ensure order in the execution of the court’s decision.
The order of the court followed an application filed by one of the claimants to the Osu Stool, Nii Okwei Dowuona IV, for the ejection of the rival chief, Nii Nortey Owuo.
“The Deputy Sheriff attached to the High Court, Accra would go into execution per Order Ejection No. 8/2009 dated 29th July, 2011 on the above-named defendants herein Tare Property Dev. Co. Ltd and seven orders at Accra, a jurisdiction under your command,” a letter signed by Mr Samuel Boakye-Yiadom, Second Deputy Judicial Secretary, to the Director General of the Legal Directorate of the Ghana Police Service said.
It requested for the assistance of armed policemen to help the bailiffs to execute the order to forestall any breach of the peace.
After the bailiffs had carried out the order of the court, some youngmen, led by the spokesperson of the Osu Gyase, Mr Lawrence Quist, nailed the doors and windows to the palace, after which they hoisted red cloths on the facility.
Mr Quist later told the media that the palace would be renovated to enable Nii Duwuona move into the palace.
Nii Dowuona, he said, had been gazetted as the Paramount chief of the area.
The order, Mr Quist explained, was made in 2008 but the other faction filed a stay of execution.
He said Nii Dowuona, however, challenged the action which made the other faction withdraw its application.
That, Mr Quist said, paved the way for the court to grant Nii Dowuona’s request for inventory of the items at the palace.
He said during the stock taking, one of the Black Stools was found to be missing from the palace.