Mr. Speaker, I am here once again to make this statement in fulfilment of my responsibility under section 4(3) of the Public Order Act 1994 (Act 491).
Mr. Speaker, I was here last Tuesday, the 6th of November, 2007 to brief this House on the situation in the Anlo Traditional Area in the chieftaincy dispute involving factions of the royal Adzovia clan over
who has the right to install an Awoamefia to succeed the late Togbe Adzaladaw II who died in 1998.
Mr. Speaker, as you are aware, violence
exploded on 1st November, 2007 in Anloga between the factions and the Police resulting in the death of 4 civilians and a Police Officer.
Mr. Speaker, as you aware, the
Government obtained an injunction from the Accra High Court restraining the Kingmakers of the Anlo Traditional Council from holding any meeting or event concerning or connected with the installation of the said Mr. Francis Nyonyo Agboada, also known as Regent Togbui Sri III as Awoamefia until further notice from the court.
By Executive Instrument, the Minister
for the Interior prohibited all persons in the Keta and Anlo areas from carrying arms or ammunitions.
Again, the Minister for the Interior
imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew running from 6.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m. each day on Anloga, Keta and their environs with a directive to the police and the military to ensure strict compliance with the dusk-to- dawn curfew.
Mr. Speaker, as you are aware, under
section 4 (4) of the Public Order Act (491), the curfew imposed on 2nd November, 2007 came to an end at 12 midnight yesterday, the 8th November, 2007.
Mr. Speaker, even though no unusual
incidents have occurred since the imposition of the curfew and Anloga is calm, the situation in Anloga continues to be potentially very volatile.
Consequently Mr. Speaker, the curfew
has, by Executive Instrument, been re- imposed. But Mr. Speaker, the curfew
will now be from 8.00 p.m. to 5.00 a.m. everyday and shall cover only Angola and its immediate environs , these are Tegbi, Woe, Anloga, Whuti and Atorkor). Keta is no more covered by the curfew.
The police and military contingent
present in Anloga and Keta shall however be maintained to ensure law and order and to consolidate the current calm that is prevailing in the area whiles we continue to monitor closely the situation.
Mr. Speaker, the ban on the possession
of arms and ammunition in the Keta and Anloga areas still remains in force.
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Once again Mr. Speaker, let me take
the opportunity to appeal to all traditional leaders, opinion leaders, citizens as well as well-wishers of the Anlo Traditional area to support the Government in its efforts to ensure that calm, peace, security, law and order return to the Anlo Traditional Area. Again, let me appeal particularly to the press to exercise circumspection in reporting on the issues arising out of the explosion of violence on the 1st of November, 2007 in Anloga. Issues of chieftaincy are very sensitive, emotive and explosive and the role of the press is very important in determining whether peace and tranquility return or whether we have another explosion on our hands.
The role played by particularly radio in inciting the genocide of Rwanda should be a lesson and a guide to all of us.
Mr. Speaker, the Government would
like to urge all the parties to settle the issue of who is the rightful heir to the Anlo Paramount Stool through the constitutionally recognised structures of the Regional or National Houses of Chiefs or the courts.