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26.10.2008 Tragedy

1 Killed In Clash At Egyambra

By Clement Adzei Boye, Takoradi -

ONE person was killed and three others suffered gunshot wounds in a chieftaincy dispute at Egyambra, near Agona Nkwanta in the Ahanta West District last Monday.

The dispute was between the supporters of  two rival chiefs of Egyambra, Nana Kofi Amoh who resides at Tarkwa, and Nana Fabin Amantwi who lives in Egyambra.

Three persons, Abdulai Gyankora, Francis Jomo and Mustapha Gyanhara, who the police arrested in connection with the dispute, appeared before a Takoradi Magistrate's Court on October 17, charged with murder and rioting.


Their plea was not taken and they were remanded in police custody until October 30.

Briefing journalists here on the incident, ASP Boakye Ansah, Kwesimintsim Crime Officer  said  on October 13, supporters of Nana Amoh decided to go to Egyambra to rebuild the vandalised palace.

Whilst they were weeding around the overgrown palace, the rival chief,  Nana Amantwi, allegedly sent John Adu-Kwaw, the assemblyman for the area, to warn them to leave the town for their own safety, but they ignored the warning.

ASP Ansah said at about 8 p.m. the same day, Ben Ansah, 57, who had informed his wife earlier in the day that he was going on a hunting expedition was found dead near the beach.

Information spread that, 30 minutes before his body was found, he passed by Nana Amantwi's palace.  This led to fighting between the two factions.

He said the town was now calm and the police at Abura were monitoring the situation.

The chieftaincy dispute started in 2003 involving the two royal houses of the town.