A 35-year-old farmer, Kojo Armoh, facing trial at the Enchi District Magistrate Court for allegedly making offensive remarks about Nana Kojo Meah III, the Chief of Boinso in the Aowin Municipality of the Western North Region, has been granted bail. The court has ordered him to tender a customary apology at the chief's palace.
Kojo Armoh, the accused, was granted bail in the sum of GH¢10,000 with two sureties during proceedings at the Enchi District Magistrate Court. Apart from the bail conditions, the court has mandated that Armoh, accompanied by his elders, must visit the palace of Nana Kojo Meah III to render an unqualified apology as per customary practices.
During the hearing, Armoh pleaded not guilty to the charge. The case is set to resume on Monday, February 12.
According to Police Detective Chief Inspector Joseph Kwadwo Agyare, prosecuting the case, Armoh, a resident of Boinso, was allegedly observed making offensive remarks about Nana Kojo Meah III on January 11, 2024, around 7:35 pm. The incident reportedly occurred at “City Office,” a popular area in Boinso, where Armoh was seen making an audio recording with his mobile phone, insulting the complainant.
A witness to the incident, along with two others, reported the matter to Nana Kojo Meah III. Upon verification, the Chief confronted Armoh, who allegedly insulted him and his elders without substantiation.
Feeling humiliated, Nana Meah III reported the incident to the Boinso Police Post, leading to further investigation by the Enchi District Police Command. The police gathered evidence, including audio recordings made by Armoh, which were produced by the complainant.
The recordings, made in the Brosah language, were translated by an independent party. Armoh admitted to creating the recordings out of concern for the welfare of Boinso residents. He alleged that Nana Meah III had facilitated illegal mining activities and engaged in unauthorized timber harvesting in a forest reserve, actions he claimed to have opposed alongside other community members.
Armoh shared the recordings on “Boinso world,” a social media platform utilized by some residents to discuss community issues.
The case highlights tensions between traditional authority and community members over land and resource management practices. The court's decision to grant bail underscores the legal process's commitment to fairness and justice while recognizing customary reconciliation methods in resolving disputes.