The Bolgatanga High Court has revoked the arrest warrant for Naa Bohagu Mahami Abdulai Sheriga, the Nayiri of the Mamprugu Traditional Area, and his kingmakers.
This comes a few days after the same court issued the warrant requested by a certain Lieutenant Colonel Ajibadeck Benjamin Baba (Rtd), who had asked the court for the paramount chief’s arrest following his enskinnment.
The arrest warrant was issued on Saturday to arrest the Nayiri.
As a result, the court modified the prior ex-parte motion, which is now “hereby rescinded under the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court”.
REGSEC ‘dumps’ govt’s directive to arrest newly eskinned Bawku Naba
The North East Regional Security Council rejected the government’s directive to arrest and prosecute persons involved in the enskinment of a new Bawku Naba in Nalerigu.
The overlord of Mamprugu, Naa Bohagu Abdulai Mahami Sheriga, on Wednesday, 15th February, enskinned one Seidu Abagre Kulugu as the chief of Bawku.
In response, the government condemned the purported enskinment as illegal and a threat to national security.
The government further reiterated that Naba Asigri Abugrago Azorka II remained the Bawku Naba duly gazetted and a member of the national and upper-east regional houses of chiefs.
The statement signed by the Information Minister said the security agencies have been directed to arrest and prosecute any other person who holds himself out as a Bawku Naba.
However, the North East regional minister, Yidana Zakari, has told the Mamprugu overlord in a meeting today that the regional security council has decided not to carry out the government’s directive to arrest and prosecute those involved in the enskinment.
The Regional Security Council said it believes any arrest, especially within the jurisdiction of the northeast region, would be counterproductive.
The Regional Minister was at the palace to communicate the decision of the security council and also apologise to the Mamprugu overlord over the events following the enskinment.
The overlord subsequently directed the regional security council to ensure the newly enskinned Bawku Naba is escorted to Bawku.