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Angry youth burn chief's corpse, ambulance.

An ambulance carrying a dead body was last Saturday set ablaze by some angry youth of Tehey, in the Ada West District.

The burnt ambulance, which registration number was identified as GT 6998, was conveying the remains of Nene Mensah Zotorvi V, Chief of Tehey for burial in the deceased's residence.

Some angry youth of the area protested against the chief being buried at his residence and as a result set fire to the ambulance carrying the corpse.

The attack resulted in the gunning down of a 40-year-old mourner, Ofosu Sabbah, in an uncompleted building.

The Ada Divisional Police Commander, Chief Superintendent George Kumah and Adzoteye Akrofi Lawer, District Chief Executive (DCE) of Ada West and personnel from the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) later visited the crime scene, where they witnessed blood stains and bruises on the corpse.

Cement blocks and empty cartridges were found around the lifeless body of Sabbah. Some of the mourners, who were wounded during the machete attacks, are on admission at the Ada East District Hospital.

Chief Superintendent George Kumah told a section of the media that on September 11, 2018, a group from Tehey secured a court injunction, restraining the family of the late Nene Zotorvi V from burying their departed chief at his residence.

He said the writ was belatedly served the bereaved families on Saturday September 15, at the funeral grounds at Tamatoku and after studying it, the family agreed to bury their deceased at a different cemetery.

At 6pm, the police, who were at the funeral grounds and were convinced by the actions of the mourners that they would comply with the court order, left the funeral.

Chief Superintendent Kumah said he received information, late in the night, that the mourners took the corpse to the prohibited cemetery, where they were fiercely attacked by some angry youth, who set the ambulance carrying the corpse ablaze.

Simon Atsu Zotorvi, son of the deceased chief, told newsmen that immediately the remains of his late father arrived at the residence for burial, a rival group attacked the mourners with clubs, machetes, stones and gun, causing them to ran for their lives.

'I climbed into the ceiling in one of my father's rooms, but they came into the room and shot sporadically. After that, they hurried to the ambulance and burnt it.'

The DCE of the area, Adzoteye Lawer Akrofi, devastated by the incident pleaded for calm as District Security Committee (DISEC) convened an emergency meeting to investigate the matter.

The corpse of Nene Zotorvi V and that of Ofosu Sabbah have been deposited at the Police Hospital, Accra.

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Publication:Ghanaian Chronicle (Accra, Ghana)
Date:Sep 20, 2018
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