‘My life is in danger’

Stool Secretary of Gbese Royal Family at Ga Mashie in the Greater Accra Region, Emmanuel Aryee, has made a passionate appeal to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. David Asante-Apeatu, to, as a matter of urgency, commission a full-scale investigation into death threats on his life.

In a petition to the IGP issued yesterday and sighted by Today, Mr. Aryee, who has been the Gbese Stool Secretary since 1980, said following death threats on his life, he has not been able to live a normal life.

According to the petition, Gbese Mantse, Nii Okaidja III, is expected to visit his ancestral home (Nii Tetteh Ankamah Royal Home) at Gbese to perform rituals on Saturday, August 12, 2017 to mark the celebration of Homowo.

“However, we have had some disturbing information from some reliable sources  that if Nii Okaidja III sets foot in Gbese, thugs from the opposing faction will deliberately create confusion and in the midst of that shoot and kill Nii Okaidja,” the petition alleged .

The petition mentioned Bruno, Lebi, Appiah, Ottoh, Aryitey (sons of Ayi One-Man) who are all on the police wanted list allegedly behind this plot.

According to the petition, on Friday, July 14, 2017 Bruno and his accomplices entered the ancestral home of Nii Okaidja when a funeral was underway, stopped the funeral and removed the corpse from  the house.

The incident was, however, resolved after intervention by the James Town police.

“We are, therefore, pleading with you in the name of fairness and balance to help prevent any such mishap. These thugs are still carrying their guns around and do not have any respect for the law,” the petition added.

“…we remember Dagbon; we remember Bimbila and lately (in June 2017), we remember the killing of the Chief of Ardeyman, Nii Tetteh Sarbah. We should not allow such incident to repeat. We should all be allowed to perform our respective customs in peace,” it concluded.


Story: Freeman Koryekpor Awlesu

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