Abetifihene Nana Acheamfuor Asiedu Agyeman III and two accomplices brought in armed men to terrorise citizens of Abene-Kwahu in the Eastern Region in disagreement against the installation of Prof Agyeman Badu Akosa as chief of the area last week, the Unit Committee Chairman of the Abene Electoral Area, Kwaku Agyapong, has alleged.
Police swiftly moved in to control the situation after confusion broke out at Abene-Kwahu – regarded as the capital of the Kwahu traditional area and the seat of the paramount chief of Kwahu – following disagreement over the inauguration. Some Kwahu chiefs say he is not the right person for the stool given the former pathologist is a native of Mampong in the Ashanti Region rather than Kwahu in the Eastern Region.
In an interview with Chief Jerry Forson on Ghana Yensom on Monday May 8, Mr Agyapong disclosed that residents of Abene were assaulted by gun-wielding goons conveyed into the town allegedly by Abetifihene and Adontenhene of Kwahu Nana Asiedu Agyeman III, Kwahu Kyidomhene, and the destooled chief of Abene, forcing several of the youth to seek refuge in the bush.
“…Those three people hired some men and brought them into the town with guns and destroyed their homes. Mine has also been destroyed. People’s shops have been looted and damaged,” he revealed.
According to him, he spent three nights in the bush and only managed to make his way to Nkawkaw Sunday night.
Mr Agyapong defended the installation of the former flag bearer aspirant of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), saying the medical doctor was the rightful candidate as chief of Abene and Kwahumanhene, while challenging the assertion of the Abetifihene to hold himself out as Kwahumanhene.
“… He is the acting president of the council, not acting Omanhene. The acting Omanhene is the Aduamoahene,” he said.
“Secondly, if Abene is enstooling a chief, the Abetifihene has nothing to do with it because Abene is not under any Kwahu town. The people of Abene enthrone their own king. After 40 days they present him to the Kwahu traditional council through the Kwahu Adontenhene who subsequently outdoors presents him to the people of Kwahu.
“Third, the Abene chief does not swear allegiance to the Adontenhene. So what the Adontenhene, who is also chief of Abetifi, is claiming is false. He does not swear allegiance to him.
However, Nana Asiedu Agyeman III denied the allegations labelled against him on the programme.