Woman, 68, Shot Dead In Alavanyo


A 68-year-old woman has been shot dead at her home at Alavanyo-Kpeme in the Volta region. The woman, who has been identified as Francisca Agbodogli, was reportedly shot whilst on her way to fetch water in a barrel in her house.

The Police said she was shot in the head from behind at close range by an unknown assailant on Saturday evening.

The brains of the deceased scattered all over the house.

The body of the deceased has since been deposited at a morgue at Kpando.

The Volta Regional Police Commander, DCOP Peterkin Yentumi Gyinae, who confirmed the incident, said a holistic investigation would be undertaken.

Residents at Alavanyo and Nkonya have been placed under dusk to dawn curfew over a protracted land dispute which has lasted for nearly a century.

Though the police consider recent killings in the two towns as isolated cases, no culprits have been arrested in connection with the cases.

The latest incident has once again inflamed passions, as residents of both areas have reiterated their call on the police to find ways to stop the sporadic shootings and attacks.

No Conflict between Nkonya and Alavanyo

Although many attribute the attacks to the protracted land dispute, the leaders of the two factions have refuted claims that they are engaged in a land dispute.

According to them, individuals and families from both sides are engaged in the dispute and not the entire traditional areas.

They made the disclosure to Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur in January when he met them to find a lasting solution to the conflict after talks in 2013.

In December last year, there were renewed clashes following the firing of gunshots that left one person dead.

The Paramount Chief of Alavanyo Traditional area, Togbe Tsedze Atakora VII stressed that ‘I also want to put it on record that it might surprise everybody here that Alavanyo and Nkonya have never gone to court over land. If anyone has that record, let him show it.’

‘I am saying that some people from Nkonya Tayi and six individuals from Alavanyo went to court over land.’

That is the crux of the matter and anything apart from that is just a spill over.

The Paramount Chief of Kpando, Togbe Dagadu VIII, who shared similar sentiments, said some people were exploiting the situation for their parochial interest.

‘It is also a fact that there are some people outside who are fanning this conflict because they want to survive.

‘They want to make money out of the situation. Let us not give those people a chance to make money at our expense and kill our brothers,our fathers, our cousins and our sons.

Let’s together sit and resolve this conflict,’ Nanae Ampem Darko, the Ankobea Hene of Nkonya Ahenkuro who represented the Paramount Chief, Nana Okotor Kofi, said after a tedious research that commenced 2012, he had realized that all the crimes were not connected to the protracted land dispute.

He said ‘the killings and the shooting are nowhere near the conflict zone or the disputed land.’

According to him, the said land has been abandoned while other areas are experiencing violence along the boundaries from Tayi to Asakyiri.

‘I want the whole world to know that any other thing that is happening is not related to land dispute.

Nanae Ampem Darko therefore pleaded with the relevant authorities to separate the dispute over the land from the atrocities being committed in order to address the issues decisively.

FROM Fred Duodu, Ho
(freduoo@gmail.com)


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