Nine people including a self-styled chief have been arrested by the Ashanti regional Police command in connection with the riots that broke out at Kumawu in the Ashanti Region last month.

Barima Tweneboah Koduah and the other suspects were believed to have attacked police and military personnel dispatched last month to prevent a clash at the funeral of destooled Akyempimhene of Kumawu.

Police say the group threw an improvised petrol bomb at a human barricade formed by the security personnel injuring some of the officers

Ashanti Regional police PRO, ASP Yaw Nketia Yeboah told Adom News currently that five of the injured are still on admission at the Komfo Anokye Teaching hospital.

The clashes began during the funeral of the late Kumawu Akyempenghene, Nana Okyere Krampah after a Queenmother who belongs to Barima Tweneboah Kodua V faction allegedly ordered the police to stop Barima Sarfo Tweeneboah Kodua II from attending the funeral in his capacity as Kumawuhene.

Reports said Barima Sarfo Tweneboah Kodua II’s supporters forcibly resisted the police attempt to stop them.

This compelled the police to fire warning shots including teargas to control the angry followers of the self-acclaimed paramount Chief which resulted in a gun battle between the disgruntled faction and the law enforcement agency.

Five police officers and some residents sustained bullet wounds and are currently receiving medical attention at the Juaben Government Hospital.

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