Chieftaincy Disputes One dead, several injured in Volta region clashes

According to the police, the victim, Fabian Didzro-Mensah, 56, is reported to have been killed at about 1:30 am during an exchange of gunshots between the two factions on Monday.

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One person has been reported dead with two others sustaining gunshot wounds in a renewed chieftaincy clashes at Sovie near Kpando in the Volta Region.

According to the police, the victim, Fabian Didzro-Mensah, 56, is reported to have been killed at about 1:30 am during an exchange of gunshots between the two factions on Monday.

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District Police Commander of Anfoegah, ASP Twumasi Ankrah, who confirmed the incident to Accra-based Joy FM said the clashes began after installation of a chief, Torgetse Felix,  in addition to another already on the throne.

“In December last year, about three houses were burnt after the installation of the new chief and the least provocation triggers firing of gunshots by the factions.” ASP Ankrah added.

He said the recent clashes occurred on Sunday at the funeral of a sister of Torgetse Felix.

“A follower of Torgetse Felix was beaten and his teeth were removed by some people believed to be sympathizers of Togbui Kofi Nyarko,” the Commander said.

The action angered the followers of the other chief, Togbui Kofi Nyarko, which resulted in a reprisal attack on a house on Monday.

“They stood on a hill and started firing gunshots at the people in the house, but unfortunately, one of the gunmen was shot too” he added.

The deceased sustained gunshot wounds from the attack and was rushed to the Anfoegah Catholic Hospital, but died shortly after, the Commander said.

The gunman, who is believed to be a suspect is still on admission at the Anfoegah Catholic Hospital, and being guarded by the police, the Commander added.

He said one other suspect has been arrested to assist the police in further investigations.

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