Crime & Punishment of Monday, 18 August 2014
One of the two rival chiefs of Kade in the Eastern Region, Osabarima Agyare Tenadu II, has been granted bail in the sum of Ghc10,000, with one surety to be justified, by the Oda District Court for allegedly threatening the life of the Kade District Police Commander, Superintendent of Police Mr Stephen Delaporte.
Osabarima Tenadu, who pleaded not guilty, will reappear before the court, presided over by Mr Kwesi Appiatse Abaidoo, on August 21, 2014.
The facts of the case, as presented by the prosecutor, Assistant Supt of Police Mr Joe Mike Adams, were that the Oda Divisional Police Commander, Chief Superintendent James Sarfo-Peprah, represented the Inspector General of Police at the burial of the late Chief Supt Emmanuel Kwame Darko Appiakorang (retd) in Kade on July 20, 2014.
He said during the funeral, the police had information that the Kwaebibirem District Security Committee (DISEC) had debarred Osabarima Tenadu and the current Kadehene, Nana Asare Twi II, from attending the funeral in their capacities as chiefs to promote peace in the area.
Mr Adams said Chief Supt Sarfo-Peprah, therefore, went to Osabarima Tenadu’s residence to advise him to adhere to the DISEC order by not attending the funeral in his capacity as a chief.
He said Osabarima Tenadu defied the DISEC order and said nobody could prevent him from attending the funeral in his capacity as a chief.
He said Osabarima Tenadu also told Chief Supt Sarfo-Peprah that he would kill Mr Delaporte wherever he met him.
According to Mr Adams, when Mr Delaporte was informed about the death threat, he lodged a complaint with the police for fear of his life.
He said the Oda Divisional Police Command issued criminal summons to Osabarima Tenadu on August 8, 2014 to appear before the Oda District Magistrate Court yesterday, after he had ignored an invitation to the Oda Police to assist in investigations into the matter on three occasions.
ASP Adams pleaded with the court to remand Osabarima Tenadu in prison custody to enable the police to complete their investigations, as he would tamper with investigations if he was freed.
Counsel for the accused, Lawyer Kwame Gyan, a Lecturer at the Ghana School of Law, however, objected to his clients’ incarceration with the explanation that Osabarima Tenadu was a law-abiding personality who would avail himself to the court on the next adjourned date.