Police arrest three over Dompim chieftaincy dispute

“The suspects destroyed some properties belonging to some individuals in the town."

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The Ghana Police have arrested three suspects over chieftaincy disturbances in Dompim, the Western Region, which resulted in severe injury to one person and damage to properties.

“The suspects, Ibrahim Issah, Atanga Peter, and Asonba Emmanuel were among a group of people who went on rampage and inflicted machete wounds on the victim who is currently on admission receiving medical attention.  

“The suspects also destroyed some properties belonging to some individuals in the town,” the police said in a statement.

According to reports, the disturbances comes after the Dompim-Pepesa Divisional Council issued a statement on Monday, indicating that Nathaniel Dekyi, who is holding himself as Nana Nyowah Panyin IV of Dompim Pepesa, is not chief of the area. 

“We entreat the media and the general public to disregard any interview by him as he is not and has never been the Chief of Dompim Pepesa,” Nana Nyarkefole III, Secretary to the Council is quoted to have said.

Mr. Nathaniel Dekyi had alleged that government officials - the MP for Tarkwa-Nsuaem, the MCE of the area, and the Western Regional Minister- were engaging in illegal mining in the area and hindering his efforts as Chief to end ‘galamsey’ in the area, reports Joy News.

The Police say efforts are being made to arrest other suspects.

“The Police have since restored calm in the town and efforts have been intensified to get the remaining suspects arrested to face justice.”