Akooko Residents Cry For Justice

Residents of Akyem-Akooko in the East Akim municipality of the Eastern Region have called on President John Mahama, the Attorney General, the Interior Minister and Amnesty International to investigate the recent violence that erupted in the town to ensure that justice is done.

Nana Saka, a fetish priest, it will be recalled, was recently accused of using human parts for money rituals in the area, and a demonstration was staged against him by the residents, leading to the untimely death of three persons.

The queen mother of Akyem Akooko, Nana Afra Afua Korantemaa II, when addressing a press confab on Sunday, hinted that the police rather arrested innocent people, including herself and 21 other persons, killed three people during the scuffle and left Nana Saka, who was at the centre of the storm, untouched.

‘We no longer have any trust in the police; they fired the gun to kill our people. We are calling on the president to intervene; our lives are in danger because Nana Saka has compromised the police. We only want peace and justice to prevail so that the innocent persons will be freed,’ Nana Afra posited.

‘The police have conspired with Nana Saka to arrest some youth and because of that the rest of them have vanished from the town since the day the incident happened. Our cocoa is rotting in the bush because nobody is there to help,’ the queen mother added.

Nana Afia Korantemaa II; the Gyantuahene, Nana Kwasi Botwe; Abusuapanin Foster; the assembly man for the area, Samuel Kwapong Bekoe; Seth Twum Ampofo and Mama Afua Dede, together with 15 others who were alleged to have led the youth to torch the fetish priest’s house and vandalise his properties, are currently facing trial at the Koforidua Kokoase Magistrate Court ‘B,’ presided over by Abdul Razak Musah.

The 22 have been slapped with four charges of conspiracy to murder, murder, causing damage and causing harm.

Two months ago the fetish priest was reported to have marked his annual event and during the activities, he and his followers carried their gods and paraded through the community, incurring the wrath of Barima Bempong Agyedoa Pantantina, chief of Akooko, who summoned him to appear before the chiefs and elders for causing an abomination.

DAILY GUIDE learnt that the chief fined Nana Saka one cow, two cartons of foreign Schnapps and an amount of GH¢20,000 and that after he had presented all those things, he should leave the town.

However, Nana Saka, who reportedly promised to pay the fine, refused to appear before the traditional rulers and rather went to the Suhum police station to report the matter.

The Suhum Police Commander, Supt Yahaya Muchiraru, later visited the chief’s palace to hold talks with him and the elders; but the action rather infuriated the people, with the queen mother purportedly ordering the youth to besiege the fetish priest’s house and set the place ablaze.

Followers of the fetish priest also reportedly fired gunshots into the demonstrating crowd, resulting in a free-for-all fight with the use of lethal weapons.

Meanwhile, Osabarima Danso Abiam Ofori I, the chief of Akyem-Nkronso, who doubles as the Baamuhene for the Okyeman Traditional Area, last week petitioned the Inspector General of Police to immediately send Nana Saka away from the town.

Some angry youth in the Ahenbronumu electoral area in the Suhum municipality have also threatened to stage a massive demonstration against Nana Saka, if the authorities fail to expel him from the town.

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FROM Daniel Bampoe, Akyem Akooko

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