Eze Samuel Ekezie
Eze Samuel Ekezie, the supposed Igbo King of Sempe in Accra, has been arraigned before An Accra Circuit Court for allegedly threatening a rival chief with death.
Meanwhile, he has been granted bail in the sum of GH¢20,000 with four sureties to reappear on May 21, 2014.
The court yesterday heard how Eze Ekezie allegedly used a pump action gun to threaten the life of one Eze Geoffrey Makwugwo, who this paper gathered, claims to be the chief of the whole Igbo community in Ghana.
Eze Ekezie is facing two charges of threat of death and discharging fire arm without lawful authority contrary to Section 7A of the Arms and Ammunition Act (NRCD 9).
When the case was called for hearing in the court presided over by Francis Obiri, the said Igbo king pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
Earlier, lead counsel for the accused, ACP K K Amoah (Rtd) told the court that the charges leveled against his client were false.
He said there was no shooting, neither was there any threat on anybody’s life at a naming ceremony which his client attended.
According to him, Eze Ekezie, who was the guest of honour for the occasion and dressed in his full regalia as a king, could not have brought a gun to the function, adding that the story was a mere fabrication against his client.
Chief Supt. Duuti Tuaruka said the complainant, Geoffrey, is a businessman and resident of North Kaneshie while the accused is also a traditional ruler resident at Dansoman, all suburbs of Accra.
He asserted that on March 23, 2014, Chief Agbawodikizu Aaron, a Nigerian businessman and witness in this case, organized a naming ceremony for his new born baby girl at Patase Gardens at Mallam junction – a function a lot of Nigerians resident in Accra and its environs attended.
Chief Supt. Tuaruka stated that whiles the ceremony was ongoing and the dignitaries present were about to be introduced, the accused collected the microphone from the MC and ordered Geoffrey to leave the ceremony else he would kill him.
The prosecutor averred that the announcement put fear into almost every person present, adding that the accused immediately rushed to his car and picked his pump action gun with registration number AAW14861/2009 and started firing indiscriminately.
Chief Supt. Tuaruka indicated that Geoffrey, sensing danger, immediately took to his heels, reported the case to the police and the accused was subsequently arrested and the gun seized from him.
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By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson
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