Otumfuo’s Asamponghene Killed, 4 Grabbed

KILLED! Nana Kwadwo Afordour

THE
ASAMPONGHENE, Oheneba Kwadwo Afoduor, has died mysteriously and the police, who
suspect a possible murder, are seriously hunting for his killers.

The
Ashanti Regional Police Command quickly apprehended four people in Kumasi on
Sunday to assist in investigations into the case which has sent tongues wagging
in the Ashanti Region as to how a prominent chief could be killed in that
manner.

Among
the arrested people included a top traditional leader in Kumasi (name
withheld), who was grilled around 2 a.m. on Monday at the Police Headquarters
in Kumasi.

The
deceased traditional leader, who lived in Kumasi, was surprisingly found dead
in his vehicle on the Ejura-Nkoranza road in the Ashanti Region on Sunday
evening.

He
had been stabbed multiple times at the back of his neck, his chest and other
areas on his body, thereby heightening suspicion that he was murdered.

Police Account

“The
Ashanti Regional Police Command is investigating the murder of Nana Kwadwo Afoduor,
46, Otumfuo’s Asamponghene,” a press release from the police stated.

The
statement added that “the chief’s body was found in his vehicle on Sunday,
August 18, 2019 at about 4:30 p.m. near Ebuom on the Ejura-Nkoranza highway.”

“It
is believed the late chief was murdered and his body deposited at the back seat
of his Toyota Landcruiser vehicle and abandoned on the outskirts of the
village.

“Police
have since commenced investigations into the case and are working earnestly to
get the perpetrators arrested,” the press release, issued
few hours after his death, said.

ASP
Godwin Ahianyo, the Ashanti Regional Police PRO, who signed the release,
appealed passionately to the public to volunteer information to the police.

Possible Contract Killing

Meanwhile,
checks made by DAILY GUIDE indicated that what was seen at the crime scene could
indicate a possible contract killing.

Eyewitnesses
said the deceased chief was said to have been bundled in his vehicle, which was
initially believed to have been involved in a ghastly accident.

According
to them, the chief’s car was burning and so some church members who were
passing by helped to put off the fire with an extinguisher and it was in that
process that they found the chief’s body and quickly alerted the police.

Eyewitness
accounts indicated that the stomach area of Oheneba Kwadwo Afoduor was half
burnt and there were a lot of blood stains all over the body when it was found.

The
body was later on deposited at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) morgue
in Kumasi by the police for autopsy.

A
lot of people, including prominent traditional leaders in Kumasi, who were
stunned about the shocking death of the popular chief, rushed to the morgue.

DAILY GUIDE Checks

In
a related development, painstaking investigations made by DAILY GUIDE, revealed
that the late chief was being owed huge amount of money by his friend in
Kumasi.

According
to reports, it is possible the chief had tried to retrieve the money from his
debtor but he (chief) was murdered and his body dumped on the outskirts of
Ejura.

Sources
suspected that those who killed the traditional leader had attempted to set his
car ablaze in order to cover up their fiendish action.

Asamponghene’s Reign

Oheneba
Kwadwo Afoduor, who is the owner of X5 Pub, a popular bar and restaurant in
Kumasi, was enstooled as chief about four years ago.

Close friends said his reign had been successful because he had embarked on several developmental projects in order to help better the lives of his subjects.

FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi



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