Eight persons are currently in the grips of the Ahanta West Municipal Police Command for allegedly setting a chief ablaze in his vehicle.
The Ahanta West Municipal Chief Executive, John Agyare, told Nhyiraba Paa Kwesi Simpson, the host of Connect FM’s Omanbapa morning show, that he had information about the disturbances in the community in the afternoon of Thursday, June 9.
“I was in a meeting settling another issue when I heard that there was confusion over the installation of a chief at Egyambra. We quickly dispatched police officers to the community but some community members started throwing stones at the officers. About eight persons have so far been arrested, that is the briefing I have had from the police commander,” he indicated.
The affected, Chief Nana Blaychie, revealed that he went through the installation in the community without any chaos.
“After my successful installation, I was in a vehicle with my elders when some young men stopped us along the way. They poured petrol on my driver and quickly set the vehicle ablaze whilst we were still in it. My driver sustained severe burns but I was fortunate to have escaped on time whilst the vehicle was on fire. I’m currently in the hospital with my driver and other elders receiving treatment,” he added.
Information indicates that some residents have fled the community.
A unit committee member, Augustine Dua, who has also fled the community, says the whereabouts of his wife and children are currently unknown.
“As I speak to you, I don’t know the whereabouts of my wife and children. The community is empty now, we are pleading with the IGP to assist us,” he noted whilst shedding uncontrollable tears.
Meanwhile, the Municipal Chief Executive believes the disturbances are being fueled by the followers of two individuals who are all claiming to be chiefs in the community.
He has, therefore, promised to ensure peace is restored in the community.