There is likely to be a bloodbath at Akwamufie near Akosombo in the Eastern Region this weekend, following attempts to destool the Gazetted Ohemaa, Nana Asaa Safoa II, so that a sister of President Akufo-Addo by name, Marigold Akufo-Addo, can be enstooled as the Bekai Queen Mother.
Ahead of this weekend’s possible clashes, The Herald is informed of the use of armed National Security personnel, policemen and military men in broad daylight, storming the Akwamufie beating up the indigenes, breaking into palaces and tempering with traditional regalia on the orders of Marigold Akufo-Addo, who has maternal ties to the Bekai stool of Akwamu.
The Herald, has seen several pictures and videos of armed military personnel in the Akwamu area, which according to residence, had stormed the two to beat them up, broken into the Bekai Stool Palace and changed the locks there. There are also reports of some elderly men and women being taken hostage by the armed state security personnel during the fracas.
Nana AsaaSafoa II herself is reported to have faced many incidents of harassments, intimidations, death threats and even shown the cemetery in which she will be killed and buried if she persists in occupying the position.
This paper learnt that several reports to the Akomsombo Police, the Police Headquarters, National Security and several other places, have not yielded any results.
Interestingly, the District Chief Executive (DCE) of Asuogyaman District, Samuel Kwam Agyekum, is one of the many people leading the effort to destool Ohemaa Nana Asaa Safoa II, who was gazetted some six years ago.
The District Security Council head by the DCE of Asuogyaman District is reported to have written to the Ohemaa Nana AsaaSafoa II to warn her that her security in the Akwamufie Area cannot be guaranteed, hence she should stay away, however, Ms. Marigold Akufo-Addo is seen in the area frequently, and mostly seen putting in place preparation to become the Bekai Queen Mother.
The Herald is further informed that the disputed paramount chief of the Akwamu, Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III and Nana Afrakumah II, Akwamumanhemaa, are solidly backing Ms. Marigold Akufo-Addo.
They accused her of siding with those questioning the legitimacy of Bernard Kwabena Owiredu alias Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III as Akwamuhene.
Others mentioned in the coup plot are, Barbara Osei Tutu, Awurakua Vida Quist, Budu Francis and Opanin Nuamah.
The Herald is informed of petitions and counter petition to state security agencies, but nothing has been done about the matter.
There are also claims of National Security Minister, Albert Kan-Dapaah, being in the known, but nothing meaningful has been done to prevent the imminent bloodshed as both parties are arming themselves for a clash this weekend.
Information is that the President sister’s some years ago, was approached to take the occupancy of the Bekai Stool, when it became vacant, but she declined thus was made available for Nana AsaaSafoa II, however, for two years now, the occupant has not known peace, because of Marigold Akufo-Addo’s sudden interest in the stool.
A press release signed by Obaa Panin Adwoa Sika- Abrewatia, Mr Kwabena Danso- Abusuapanin, Opani Gyetua- Elder and Obaa Panin Akua Asor and sent The Herald, had stated that “these perpetrators have used militia to invade and takeover of the Bekai palace!
It was copied to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), National House of Chiefs, Council of State, Christian Council of Ghana, Moslem Council of Ghana, Speaker of Parliament and Chief Justice of Ghana.
It warned “the security services of the Republic of Ghana, the National House of Chiefs and the peace-loving people of Ghana are duly informed about the great Akwamu conspiracy by the self-imposed Akwamuhene, his Mother, Nana Afrakumah II, Akwamumanhemaa, Ms. Marigold Akufo-Addo, Barbara Osei Tutu, Awurakua Vida Quist, Budu Francis, Opanin Nuamah and others, to destool the Gazetted Ohemaa Nana Asaa Safoa II, so that Marigold Akufo-Addo can be enstooled the Bekai Queen Mother”.
It said that “the Judicial Committee of the Akwamu Traditional Council has duly placed an injunction on the perpetrators, their agents and privies from electing, selecting, enstooling or installing a Queenmother of the Bekai Stool. However the conspirators are bent on going ahead to carry out this act of lawlessness”.
Besides, these perpetrators have used militia to invade and takeover of the Bekai palace!
According to the press statement “…Ohemaa Nana YaaAsaaSafoa’s life has been on daily threat for two years, as she’s been harassed, threatened and intimidated over the past two years. As a result, we the Bekai family of Abomosu and the devout citizens of Akwamu have decided that enough is enough, and are determined to stand our ground and to do whatever it takes to ensure this does not ever happen as long as we live!”
We are, therefore, by this release, putting all relevant authorities on notice and on alert that if the authorities do not do all it takes to enforce the injunction on this act of lawlessness, there might be untold bloodshed in Akwamu, adding “We call on all peace-loving citizens and opinion leaders in our beloved Motherland to rise up and speak-up against these acts of barbarism!