Urgent Security Crisis in Gomoa Akyempim: Armed Intruders Threaten Peace

The tranquility of Gomoa Akyempim Traditional Area was shattered last night as armed intruders infiltrated the sacred Gomoa Akyempim Palace, sparking a crisis that has left the community on edge. This brazen act occurred just hours before critical ancestral rites were to be performed, raising urgent questions about security and the rule of law in the region.

At approximately 11:00 pm on July 9, 2024, Obaatanpa Ama Eduwa I, the Paramount Queenmother, received an emergency call from local chiefs, Asafo members, and distressed residents reporting the invasion. The situation quickly escalated into a near-violent confrontation between the Asafo and the intruders, who falsely claimed to be emissaries of the destooled Paramount Chief, Obrifo Ahunako Ahor Ankobia II. Upon further scrutiny, these 17 armed men were exposed as notorious landguards from Ashaiman.

Despite frantic calls for help, the Apam District Police Command’s delayed response allowed the situation to deteriorate. The police arrived at 1:00 am, interrogating the intruders who provided conflicting and unconvincing stories. The police assured they would maintain order upon the Queenmother’s arrival, but their ability to manage the situation was soon put to the test.

By 4:00 am, as Obaatanpa Ama Eduwa I and principal stakeholders arrived, the intruders continued to obstruct the sacred rites, violating the community’s customary rights. The police, unable to control the situation, pleaded with the Queenmother to abandon the rituals. Amid rising tensions and heavy rain, residents and Asafo companies managed to restore calm, but the intruders remained a looming threat.

This alarming event follows an order by the embattled Omanhen earlier that day to close the palace—a directive defied by the Asafo, who argued that the Omanhen had abandoned the palace two years prior. The Queenmother strongly suspects this intrusion was a calculated move to destabilize Gomoa Assin.

Expressing her deep concerns, the Queenmother highlighted the urgent need for decisive action: “While the Ghana Police Service intensifies its efforts to ensure peace and security across the country, particularly during this election year, bandits in Gomoa, especially Gomoa Assin, have equally escalated their activities to maintain insecurity. The Apam Police Command’s complacency in this matter raises concerns of possible compromise.”

The Queenmother has taken formal steps, filing an official complaint with the Apam Police Command. She emphasized that local support is vital to address this escalating threat. The community remains vigilant and ready to support security efforts, but is also prepared to take matters into their own hands if necessary.

The Queenmother’s urgent appeal to the Inspector General of Police underscores the gravity of the situation: “We openly appeal to the IGP to act swiftly against these threats before residents and Asafo companies are forced to confront them directly.”

The people of Gomoa Akyempim stand united, committed to their sacred oaths and the rule of law, but the need for immediate intervention is critical. The stability and safety of the community hinge on swift and effective action to neutralize this threat and restore peace.

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