In Ghana’s Ashanti region, the youth Adwumakasekese in the Afigya Kwabre south district besieged a neighboring township, Bomfa, destroying a number of properties and setting ablaze the town’s Shrine in service to the Ashanti Kingdom’s overlord, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
The holiest shrine is said to have hosted much of the Asantehene’s powerful deities since ancient times, but it was not spared when the angered youth of Adwumakasekese set fire to it.
This was triggered after police shot three people from Adwumakasekese on Thursday, killing one Agya Akwasi Wusu over a feud between the chiefs of Adwuamakasekese and Bomfa over a land dispute.
The youth of Adwmakasekese attacked the township of Bomfa, allegedly in reaction to the death of their man Agya Wusu, alleging that the Bomfa chiefs had prompted the police to attack them, resulting in their brother’s death.
The police did not have it simple because after setting fire to the shrine, they almost set fire to the Bomfa palace as well. However, the police had to call for help and, due to their skills, they were able to prevent the furious youth from setting fire to the palace.
Following that, Manhyia Palace issued a public announcement, signed by Otumfour Apagyahene, Nana Owusu Afriyie IV, stating that the land in question belonged to Bomfahene, Nana Kwaku Twumasi.