Residents of Anyinamae, a farming community in the Krachi/Nchumuru of the newly created Oti Region, are calling on the police in theVolta Region to investigate the killing of a young farmer, Kwesi Yohannes.
According to the Residents, Yohannes was shot to dead by some youth members of Boafri community, a neigbouring farming community also in the Krachi Nchumuru.
They are demanding for justice for the slain farmer on grounds that, for getting to a year the District police have either failed or refused to arrest suspects who perpetrated the heinous crime.
Briefing media in Accra last Tuesday, the Anyinamaehene of Anyinamae community, Nana Nyasunpo Atormachon Anyinam III said, on Monday March 8, 2018, farmers from his community went to their yam farms to cultivate cassava and whilst on the farmland, some armed youth from Boafri came to warn them not to cultivate cassava on the yam farm.
He said, the farmers reported the incident to him and he dispatched some of his elders to Boafri Chief Palace to confirm the incident as reported by the farmers.
According to the Chief, the elders returned with confirmation that, indeed it was the Chief of Boafri who ordered his men to stop the farmers from cultivation cassava.
Subsequently, the incident was reported to the District Chief Executive and the two community leaders were summoned before the District Security Council (DISEC) and a Committee was set up to investigate the matter.
He said, whilst he and his people were waiting from the DISEC investigation, he had information that crops including yam,pepper and other cereals belonging to farmers from his community were been destroyed and a complain was lodged at the District office.
Nana Anyinam stated that, without any provocation, the youth of Boafri on October 30, 2018, attacked farmers from his community who were on their farms and in the process Yohannes was shot dead.
A medical report from the Kete-Krachi government Hospital dated November 1,2018, indicated that, Yohannes death was caused by,”Respiratory Failure Secondary to Right Haemothorax from gun Shot Wound.”
The body of Yohanes is still in the Hospital morgue waiting for police clearance to be buried.
The Chief said, since the incident no one has been arrested and when the police and the District Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) were confronted, they claimed investigations were still ongoing.
He explained that he had on several occasions have had to restrain his youth from retaliating, because he knowns and understand the effect of communal conflict and its tendency on peace and development.
“As aChief, I really I really understand and I know the effect of conflicts. That is why I have decided and also advised my youth not retaliate
Nana Anyinam therefore called on the Inspector General of Police(IGP) through the Volta Regional Police Command to speed up with investigation to apprehend the perpetrators to face the full rigors of the law, stressing that,” at the ground of peace, justice must work to fish out the perpetrators for their bad deeds and to serve as deterrent to others or else they will gain more advantages to do what is more than this in future.”
“I am also using this medium to call on all witnesses who may have information on the killing of Yohannes to come forward and help give justice to the wife, his child and the family, ” said the Chief of Anyinamae of KrachiNchumuru.
The people of Anyinmae, he said are peace loving agrarians and law abiding citizens whose livelihood depends largely on the production of yam, cassava, pepper and cereals, but are since been disturbed by the killing of Yohannes and other threats of death.
Farmers in the community,he added have repeatedly filed cases of violence and harassments against the youth of Boafri community but the security appeared disinterested or incapacitated.
Yohannes left behind wife and a child. He was part of the youth of Anyinamae that tried to resist the lawless act by the Boafri youth before he was shot dead.