Two men were gunned down while others sustained gunshots in a gun related Chieftaincy dispute in Adoagyiri in the Eastern Region.

Net 2 News has gathered that gun wielding men and members of Okyeman Land Protection Taskforce escorting a convoy of a rival chief enstooled recently by Akyem Abuakwa traditional council and sworn in at Kyebi, stormed the Adoagyiri community amidst sporadic gunshots leading to death of one person belonging to the opposing faction.

However, a member of the Okyeman taskforce was also mistakenly gunned down.
Some two others persons sustained gunshot injuries.

The victims were rushed to Nsawam Government hospital by police deployed to the community.

The two victims – one identified as Kwame Apietu believed to be in his 50s was pronounced dead on arrival.

Apietu returned from USA few weeks ago to attend funeral of his late sister.

Police personnel are patrolling the Adoagyiri township but no arrest have been made.

Meanwhile, eyewitnesses claim that Oboye and Henry Ofori Atta Alias Okum Nipa were among the gunmen.

Angry sub-chiefs and villagers of Adoagyiri in the Eastern region threatened mayhem on Okyenhene Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin and Akyem Abuakwa traditional council if a planned outdooring of a rival chief was not stopped.

On Saturday, August 19, 2023, Odehye Kwame Ntiamoah of Adoagyiri’s Dwumana royal family was installed as rival Chief of Adoagyiri with the stool name Barima Adu Korkor ll under heavily armed police personnel led by Chief Superintendent Magnus Reindorf Sam, Kibi Divisional Police Commander, and with the support of Okyeman Land Protection Taskforce.

The furious sub-chiefs and elders however say Adoagyiri has a legitimately gazetted chief for the past 15 years in the person of Okoanadwo Afutu Dompreh II therefore described the enstoolment of the parallel chief as illegal with potential threat to the peace of the town.

At a press conference in Adoagyiri on Monday August 23, 2023 the chiefs, elders and youth of Adoagyiri clad in red and black apparels amid chanting of war songs, stated that Adoagyiri has never been part of Akyem Abuakwa traditional area rather under Akyem Kotoku therefore Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin and Akyem Abuakwa traditional council has no legal and traditional right to invade the community with tacit support of the state to enstool a chief.

Odehye Kronkron Nana Kwabena Agyemang ,one of the spokespersons at the press conference said”Kyebihene Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin must be arrested. What he has done is treason. We will resist them on Saturday with our blood .Some of us will die but many of them will also die”.

Odiatuo Okatakyie Afrifa, Abakomahene said several petitions sent to the Presidency, Ghana Police Service, National Security about the intention of Okyenhene to invade Adoagyiri to illegally enstool a chief as part of the broader plan to annex it as part of Akyem Abuakwa were been ignored leaving them no option than to defend their land and tradition going forward.

He said,the Judicial Committee of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs on 2 February 2022, delivered judgement on suit number- JC/ERHC/AP1/2008,and gave legitimacy and confirmed Okoanadwo Afutu Dompreh II as Chief of Adoagyiri and Ankobeahene of Akyem Kotoku Traditional Council, “so on what basis is Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council saying that Kotoku Adoagyiri has no chief”.

The elders and kingmakers gave the historical antecedent of Adoagyiri and credible records indicating clearly that Adoagyiri is under Akyem Kotoku Traditional Area.


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