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Opinions of Sunday, 19 February 2017

Columnist: Adofo, Rockson

Peace FM and the Police Lying About the Infliction of Police Brutalities on Innocent People at Kumawu-Bodomase

Ghana police personnel supported by heavily armed military as though they were going
to war in Afghanistan or Syria, have made Kumawu-Bodomase their congregating ground
since Sunday, 12 February 2017. This prompted me to put out a series of publications
on Ghanaweb and Modernghana, two of the leading Ghana internet news portals, alerting
the public to their dubious mission which bordered on bias and perpetration of

The intelligence I gathered from far away United Kingdom, indicated that they had
gone there with the sole intent to disrupt the funeral of the late Kumawu
Akyempemhene Nana Okyere Krapa II and also, to prevent Kumawuhene Barima Tweneboa
Kodua V from attending the funeral in the capacity of Kumawuhene.

On the afternoon of Thursday, 16 February 2017, when Kumawuhene Barima Tweneboa Kodua
V, and his sub-chiefs and supporting mourners were in a long traditional procession
to the funeral grounds to pay their last homage to, and also swear the traditional
oath to, the remains of Nana Okyere Krapa II which was laid in state, before its
burial in the late night, they were not only accosted but also, brutally attacked by
the police cum military personnel. The police forcibly penetrated the crowd
surrounding Barima Tweneboa Kodua V, seized the kingly umbrellas which were over his
head and broke them up.

The armed police cum military personnel started firing warning shots with both rubber
and live ammunitions. In the process, they injured themselves and the public.

I had intended to wait until Monday, 20 February 2017 to place a detailed publication
on what exactly transpired in Kumawu-Bodomase with the facts and video-recorded
evidence I have obtained, but for a quick rebuttal to the irresponsible lies told
over the airwaves which I picked up on my smart phone last night and this afternoon
by Kwame Sampson Nyamekye of Hello FM Kumasi, and the Ashanti Regional Police
spokesman Tango, respectively, I cannot wait to come out with the other true side of
the story hence this short rebuttal.

The video evidence will be published on Monday and I shall beg Ghanaweb and
Modernghana to show them but not only the link that will be provided.

I wonder why this misfit in his own journalism profession called Sampson Kwame
Nyamekye of Hello FM has that absurd infatuation with propagating lies. A journalist
is supposed to report nothing but the truth when he/she goes to cover an occasion, be
whatever its nature. However, this guy has a penchant for twisting the story to suit
his own evil intentions.

His deplorable and unprofessional news coverage compelled me to lambast him for
correction in an article I published on both Ghanaweb and Modernghana under their
Feature Article column of Monday, 6 April 2015 titled, Who Is This Greenhorn
Journalist at Hello FM in Kumasi? The publication could be read by interested public
readers via the underlying web link provided.

I heard Sampson Kwame Nyamekye last night when contacted by Peace FM evening
newscaster to brief them on the events at Kumawu-Bodomase say that the supporters of
Kumawuhene Barima Sarfo Tweneboa Kodua V, were the first to start firing gun bullets
at the police and that three police officers had sustained various types of gun shot
injuries. He was not at Kumawu-Bodomase himself or if he were, he as usual twisted
the truth.
The police were the first to attack Barima Tweneboa Kodua V and his sub-chiefs and
their supporting mourners. This is proved by the attached audio interview granted to
Nhyira FM by a female news reporter who went to Kumawu-Bodomase to cover the funeral.
This goes to reveal the diabolic nature of that sub-standard so-called journalist
called Sampson Kwame Nyame who poisons the minds of Ghanaians with his blatant lies
and bogus journalism only tolerated in Ghana.

Additionally, the Ashanti Regional Police spokesperson, Tango, was heard saying this
afternoon on Peace FM that the supporters of Kumawuhene Barima Sarfo Tweneboa Kodua
V, were the first to fire bombs at the police. He said they had gathered intelligence
that a person conducting himself as Kumawuhene was intending to attend a funeral of
one of his sub-chiefs and that if he did, it would bring troubles to Kumawu.
Therefore, the police moved in to stop him from doing that because on their official
records, they know of only one Omanhene of Kumawu and it was not the person
self-styling himself as Kumawu Omanhene. This intervention by the police led to five
police officers sustaining various degrees of injuries and they have been taken to
Let me ask Police Commander Tango a few questions.

1. How did he come by the conclusion that Baraima Tweneboa Kodua V, the so-called
self-styled Kumawuhene, attending the funeral in the capacity of Kumawu Omanhene,
would bring troubles to Kumawuman and what could be the troubles?
2. Was the so-called Kumawuhene that they know of, thus, Barima Sarfo Tweneboa
Kodua, attending the same funeral? If he was, who had invited him to it and if he
wasn’t, how did he, Tango, and the security operatives, concluded that Barima
Tweneboa Kodua attending the funeral was a recipe for disaster in Kumawuman?
3. Who tipped them off with his so-called intelligence that the police received
subsequent upon which they moved heavily armed police cum military personnel to
inflict purposeful injuries on the innocent people of Kumawu-Bodomase?
4. Does he know how and when one becomes Kumawuhene and does he know about the
court cases pending against the bogus enthronement of Dr Yaw Sarfo by the colluding
Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, as Kumawuhene?

I will reserve my tough questions for Monday, 20 February 2017’s envisaged
publication. However, I want the public to note this particular underlying
information which will involve His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo Addo.
The Divisional Police Commander in Ashanti Effiduase ordered two of the police
officers to shoot and kill Barima Tweneboa Kodua V. When they were hesitating, he
said, shoot and kill him because this is an order from above. As they both cocked and
pulled the trigger of their rifles, the rifles failed jammed. He then pulled his own
pistol to shoot Barima Tweneboa Kodua V but he himself ended up suffering injuries.
Praise be to God who has designated Barima Tweneboa Kodua V as Kumawuhene hence all
the forces rising up against him are failing and falling to his right and left hand

Now, I shall be publishing articles to find out from His Excellency President Nana
Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo if he did issue that order from above to kill Kumawuhene
Barima Tweneboa Kodua V. Which order in Ghana could be higher than the one coming
from the President? I want an explanation for that Order from Above nonsense that has
become the favourite phrase to employ by lawless security personnel or individuals to
sometimes justify or facilitate their committed acts of lawlessness. Could that order
have come from the Minister of Interior, the Inspector General of Police, the
transferred Ashanti Regional Police Commander COP Nathan Kofi Boakye or Asantehene
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II? Wherever that silly and murder-intended order came from, I
shall take it upon myself to find it out, first starting from the doorsteps of the

We shall not sit down for lawlessness to overwhelm innocent Ghanaians and mother

Until then, please listen to the news reportage by a female news presenter who went
to cover the occasion that ended up with the police destroying Barima Tweneboa Kodua
V’s umbrellas, injuring innocent persons and causing malicious commotion in Kumawu

Finally, readers should disregard the lies being announced on, and by, Peace FM, in
relation to the incident that occurred in Kumawu-Bodomase yesterday. It was the
police that started it but not as distortedly being reported by Peace FM to probably
suit their selfish interests.

Rockson Adofo

(Written on Friday, 17 February 2017)