One feared dead and another injured in chieftaincy dispute
Tension is brewing with heavy police presence as one person is
feared dead and another sustaining life-threatening gunshot
injury in a chieftaincy dispute at Offinso in the Ashanti Region.
The deceased, Kwame Appiagyei, who is believed to be in his
early 40s, was stabbed and later shot in the chest after
he had allegedly shot one person.
This, according to reports, was in an attempt to disperse a
crowd at the Offinso Akwamuhene’s palace
at Asamankama on Thursday afternoon.
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The confusion ensued when the royal family attempted to
select a successor for the late chief for Asamankama,
Nana Asamoah Okyere, who passed on about three years ago.
According to a witness and family member , the family had
settled on Osei Bonsu, who was picked from about four names
presented by four families within the royal Biretuo family.
But one of the families objected the decision when the
Queen Mother announced the successor.
According to reports, a scuffle ensued and the deceased went to his
private car, took out a pump action gun and shot one man in the head.
Heading for his car and attempting to speed off,
he was pounced on by an enraged mob.
They lynched him at the spot and damaged his blue car, the reports said.
The body has since been deposited at St Patrick’s Hospital morgue
for autopsy. The police are yet to effect any arrest at
the time this report was filed.
The injured victim, who is on admission at St Patrick’s Hospital
at Offinso, is believed to be among a faction which opposed
the queenmother’s announcement at the palace.
The police are said to be on manhunt for four persons,
whose names popped up in the lynching of Mr Appiagyei.
Security has since been beefed up.