An attempted by soldiers to arrest a purportedly enskinned Bawku Naba and the Overlord of Mamprugu at Nalerigu at midnight was foiled by angry youth after they clashed with the military.

Reports say the youth in their large numbers who had vowed to resist any arrest had taken over the palaces of the two chiefs resulting in the clash.

The soldiers subsequently pulled back.

The move by the soldiers comes on the back of a warrant issued by a High Court in Bolgatanga for the arrest of the two traditional leaders for masterminding the enskinment of a new chief on Wednesday.


The government through the Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah in a press release on February 15, said the act is a national security violation.

“The Government condemns developments in Nalerigu today February 15, 2023, concerning the purported enskinment of a new Bawku Naba as illegal and a threat to National Security”.

“Naba Asigri Abugrago Azoka II is the Bawku Naba, duly gazetted and a member of the National and Upper East Regional Houses of Chiefs,” the statement added.

The statement further directed the security agencies to arrest and prosecute any other person who holds himself out as a Bawku Naba.