Nana Saka In Hot Waters

SOME ANGRY youth in the Ahenbronumu electoral area in the Suhum Municipality of the Eastern Region are threatening to stage a massive demonstration against Nana Saka, if the authorities in Suhum fail to expel him from the town.

Nana Saka, it will be recalled, is the fetish priest who was recently accused of using human parts for money rituals at Akyem-Akooko, against whom a demonstration was staged by the residents of the town, especially the youth, leading to the untimely death of three persons.

According to information reaching DAILY GUIDE, Nana Saka has left Akooko and bought a new house at Jehovah Raphael area, a suburb of Suhum, to settle there with his wives. As a result, the youth are apprehensive that he could kill innocent people in the area for rituals.

Madam Alice Nyarko, who spoke to DAILY GUIDE on behalf of the youth, said they had petitioned the chiefs, the police and the MCE to sack Nana Saka from the area, but the authorities had failed to respond to their call.

Meanwhile, Nana Afia Korantemaah, queen mother of Akyem-Akooko; 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 allegedly 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.

Mr Serial, Assistant State Attorney, presenting the facts of the case to the court, said the queen mother, with her four accomplices, last month incited the youth to set the house, two cars and other properties belonging to Nana Saka, on fire after he had failed to appear before the chief and the elders of Akyem-Akooko.

Nana Saka two months ago, was reported to have marked his annual anniversary 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.

The paper learnt that the chief fined Nana Saka to offer one cow, two cartons of foreign Schnapps and an amount of GH¢20,000 (¢200 million), 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 in which the factions allegedly used machetes and other lethal weapons.

The protesting youth allegedly vandalized Nana Saka’s shrine and the police started firing tear gas to scare them away.

The chief of Suhum, Osabarima Ayeh Kofi, when addressing a gathering of police officers during the commissioning of the Suhum District Police Headquarters building last week, called on the security agents to make sure there was peace in the area.

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FROM Daniel Bampoe, Suhum

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