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Tension in Akyem Asene over police deployment of over 100 heavily armed personnel-

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Tensions are rising in Akyem Asene, near Oda, following the deployment of 125 highly armed police officers on Saturday to preserve law and order, despite the fact that there is no violence in the neighborhood warranting such a large police presence.

Police officers from Oda, Asamankese, and Kyebi were stationed at the Asene durbar ground, around the palace, the mansion of the new queen mother, and the main streets of the town, with more than ten cars and nearly twenty motorcycles.

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When Graphic Online’s Samuel Kyei-Boateng called Oda Municipal Police Commander Chief Supt Mr Daniel Amoako, a co-leader of the forces, he declined to comment and sent reporters to the National Police Headquarters for specifics on personnel deployment.

Attempts to get information regarding the deployment of police officers from an officer at the Police Headquarters were ineffective.

When contacted, the Abakomahene of Asene, Nana Kodua Asiedu, who is also the Acting Adontenhene of the Akyem Kotoku Traditional Area, accused the destooled Asenehene, Nana Karikari Apau, for bringing false and unjustified allegations to the police, resulting in the deployment of troops.

He stated that certain notable chiefs from the Akyem Kotoku Traditional Area were invited to the Oda Divisional Police Headquarters for talks on the out-dooring of the new queen mother of Asene, Nana Agyeiwaa Agyekumwaa, scheduled for Saturday at Asene.

According to Nana Asiedu, the Divisional Police Command recommended the chiefs at the Oda meeting to postpone the outdooring ceremony since the police could not obtain enough personnel to ensure security for the event, and the chiefs agreed to the police direction.

He went on to say that the chiefs thereafter called Mr Alex Incoom, the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Asene-Manso-Akroso, who also requested them to postpone the event.

According to Nana Asiedu, the DCE also informed the chiefs that he and the other members of the District Security Committee (DISEC) would meet with them on Wednesday, January 10, 2024 to set a new date for the outdooring ceremony, which they agreed to.

He emphasized that, despite the fact that the outdoor event had been postponed on the advise of the police and DISEC, a huge number of heavily armed police personnel was deployed in the town on Saturday.

 

 

 

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