The Sekondi High Court presided over by Her Lordship Dr. Bridget Antonio, has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Nana Beyeeman Tano Kwaw Benbuin III, over an alleged case of stealing and forgery.
The warrant was issued on Wednesday, June 7th, 2023.
The issuance of the bench warrant follows his failure to appear before the court to answer the charges of fraud and forgery.
The lawsuit was leveled by the Aowin Traditional Council.
Nana Beyeeman Tano Kwaw Benbuin III is accused of the offense of stealing Contrary to Section 124(1) of Act 29/60 and forgery Contrary to Section 158 of Criminal Offences Act 1960 (29).
Meanwhile, reports indicate that Nana Beyeeman Tano Kwaw Benbuin III is in hiding following the issuance of the warrant.
Explaining the issue in the presence of our reporter, Nana Ketebu Kwame Nkansah II, the Chairman of the Judicial Committee of the Aowin Traditional Council, said the suspects also included Francis Akesseh and Isaiah Quansah, former Registrar of the Aowin Traditional Council respectively.
Nana Ketebu Kwame Nkansah II, further disclosed that the Ist Suspect, after claiming himself the Omanhene of the Traditional Council in March 2019, requested to be made the sole signatory to the Aowin Traditional Council account at the GCB bank, Enchi branch to replace Nana Ketebu Kwame Nkansah II, the acting President of the Traditional Council, who co-signed with the former Registrar (the 3rd suspect).
Nana Beyeeman Tano Kwaw Benbuin III’s request was declined on the grounds of litigation over his installation and the fact that he had not been duly gazetted as the Omanhene.
Two weeks after his alleged installation, the Ist Suspect coerced the 3rd Suspect to open another account at ADB bank Enchi branch in the name of Aowin Traditional Council. He made himself and the 3rd Suspect signatories to the said account after he seized the books of the Traditional Council and locked up the offices.
“Subsequently, all funds belonging to the Traditional Council were paid into the ADB account and disbursed until April 2021 when auditors queried the use of the account as it had no authorization”. He disclosed.