By Edmund Mingle
Monday, 30 April 2007
Warriors have a duty of protecting the people or state against aggression; but on Saturday, members of the warriors clan (Gbese) of the Ga State turned their weapons on each other in a clash over who has the right to occupy the Gbese Mantse’s Palace.
They pelted each other with stones and bottles, and gun shots were also fired.
In the process, the palace was vandalized while a number of residents were injured and taken to hospital.
The clash came in the wake of the installation of a new Gbese Mantse, under the stool name, Nii Ayibonte II, known in private life as Thomas Okine, Chief Executive Officer of Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club.
The Asafo groups were on a procession to celebrate the installation of Mr. Okine as Gbese Mantse and as they approached the palace, the guards allegedly attacked them.
A taxi-cab with registration number GW 7735 U, which conveyed the new chief to one of the royal houses, Arday Akwa We, for the customary rites as part of the installation, was also vandalized by the guards and the driver seriously injured.
The stone and bottle throwing sent elders at the palace fleeing in various directions.
But for the intervention of the police, the palace would have been set ablaze.