General News Wed, 18 Apr 2001

Acherensua Omanhene in custody over killing a man

Professor Agyewodin Adu Gyamfi Ampem 11, Omanhene of Acherensua, was on Tuesday arrested and placed in custody in Sunyani for allegedly shooting and killing one Nii Ato Quansah in a chieftaincy clash at Acherensua.

Nana Adu Gyamfi, who is also Chairman of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Council, injured five other persons in the incident. The body of Quansah has been deposited at Tepa Government Hospital mortuary while the injured are on admission at the Hwidiem Government Hospital.

They were identified as Yaw Duku, 32; Kwame Donkor, 26; Osei Bonsu, 18; Kwadwo Amponsah, 22; and Emmanuel Barnes, 29.

They are said to be responding to treatment. Assistant Commissioner of Police G.O. Asante, Deputy Regional Police Commander for Brong Ahafo, told newsmen that for about two months now the youth of the town have been agitating for the destoolment of the chief.

Mr Asante said the reasons for such agitation "are just best known to them (youth)". He said at about 8 p.m. on Tuesday, the Regional Police Command had information that a section of the youth had clashed with the Omanhene and his supporters, which had resulted in the shooting incident.

"Police investigations disclosed that it was the chief himself who shot to kill one and wounded the rest," the Deputy Commander said.

He said the police had not yet retrieved the gun but the place is calm as the police continue to patrol the town.

When asked if the Omanhene would be granted bail, Mr Asante said that would be determined by the court.

Source: GNA