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Regional News of Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Source: Maxwell Okamafo Addo

Arsonist torches former First Lady's house in Akropong

Parts of the burnt building Parts of the burnt building

Parts of the former First Lady Mrs Emily Akuffo's house on the Akuffo road in Akropong in the Eastern Region has been gutted by fire.

Tensions are very high in Akropong Akwapim as such wicked acts seem to be on the rise.

Some few months ago, the palace of Nana Afua Nketia Obuo II, the paramount queen mother of the Akropong Traditional Council in the Eastern Region was destroyed by fire in what her handlers say was arson.

This is exactly a year after the vehicle of the queen mother and palace were set on fire in the same town without any arrest by the police. Similar to the same tactics, the former First Lady's residential facility; which has a boys quarters was also set on fire.

The incident occurred around 1am when the suspected arsonist is believed to have climbed into the compound and threw a petrol bomb on the boys quarters setting the building on fire at a time the driver and the girls were in there asleep.

According to sources, the driver and the girls escaped unhurt when they heard the loud explosion.

All valuables were destroyed in the fire and it took the intervention of the Ghana National Fire Service to bring the situation under control.

Most residents at Akropong however suspect foul play alleging that the attack is linked to chieftaincy dispute following the installations of Okupehene.

The former First Lady is a cousin to the Okuapehemaa from the same royal house.