Two hoodlums belonging to a gang that attempted killing the Nyinahin chief have been shot by the Police. One died instantly in Monday (Jan 18 2016) night’s shootout with the Police while the other is in critical condition.
They were killed at Otaakrom near a thick forest, where they have been hiding, after their second assassination attempt failed on Sunday January 17. The gangsters, according to Class News’ Ashanti regional correspondent Frank Aboagye Jackson were hired from Sankore.
Meanwhile the Chief of Nyinahin, who has been the target of the assassination attempt, has accused his Uncle of being behind the attempts on his life.
“There’s one man that I highly suspect that he is behind it. He is my uncle. I had a case with him: he was putting up a house where we have funerals and I told him I’ll give him another place instead of where he was putting up the house. Since then, we are not on good terms and he is behind most of the things that happen there,” Nana Twum Boateng Amampene II told Class News in an interview.
Gun-toting and machete-flying gangsters stormed the palace of the chief in the Atwima Mponua district of the Ashanti Region on Sunday evening, in an attempt to harm the chief.
The marauding gang laid siege to the palace and fired sporadic gunshots within its precincts for about two hours, before vandalising the place.
Sunday’s onslaught was the second attempt by the blood-baying gang to kill Nana Twum Boateng Amampene II, who has been taking refuge in Accra, with his entire family, ever since the first attempt on his life three months ago, by the same gang.
Frank Aboagye Jackson said the gang blocked a major road that led to the palace before going on the rampage and ransacking the empty palace. They also set fire to some regalia and other property kept in the palace.
Apart from being a chief, the Nyinahinhene, who has been on the throne for 15 years, is also a lecturer at the University of Ghana, Legon and Zenith College, La – both in Accra.
The Police Command in the Atwima Mponua District has said it is on the alert to foil another attack by the gang.