The Ahene Abusua of Wassa Akropong in the Amenfi District of Western Region is demanding the dead body of their beloved brother, the late John Kwame Boakye from the Omanhene of Wassa Amenfi Traditional Area, Tetrete Okuamuah Sekyim III.
The family, led by one Peter Nana Amankwah appealed to President Akufo Addo, the IGP, Minister for Interior, the Minister for Chieftaincy Affairs and the Regional Minister to help retrieve the corpse and bring to an end the harassment being meted on them by the Omanhene.
The Ahene Abusua made the call at a press conference in Accra.
Narrating the incident, the spokesperson, Peter Nana Amankwah disclosed that after the burial of their brother, they returned to the funeral grounds only to receive information that Tetrete Okuamuah Sekyim III has organized his family and group of young men to the cemetery to exhume the body.
According to him, the Omanhene was not satisfied by this action and without justification ordered the demolition of the house of one Madame Manu, a family member.
The Omanhene, according to the Ahene Abusua, further instigated the District Police Commander to instruct some officers to enter the compound of their family house on the 6th of December 2016 and fired warning shots indiscriminately.
The Omanhene, they said, has constantly been mistreating and harassing them to the extent of deploying thugs in the town to go after their lives.
“On the 22nd May 2017, they surrounded the District Court, Wassa Akropong when I was attending a court hearing and threatened to capture me to the Palace.”
“Their reason was that I was wanted at the Palace of the Chief for disgracing him in the media”, the Spokesperson revealed.
He mentioned that in spite of the lawlessness on the part of the Omanhene and his cohorts, no single arrest has been made.
Peter Nana Amankwah said numerous petitions were sent to the police and in spite of the investigations by the police service, the family members continue to live in fear while the perpetrators continue to unleash mayhem on the family members with impunity.
The Omanhene, the Ahene family indicated, has banned their family from performing funerals of members who pass on until the family produces he “Peter Nana Amankwah” before the Omanhene to answer charges of sending his (Omanhene) misconduct to the media.
By William Sarpong