Dompim-Pepesa Riots: Victims Demands Instant Justice

Dauda Issaka and Barbara Yankey who sustained life-threatening injuries from a violence that erupted on Saturday at Dompim-Pepesa, a farming community in the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality of the Western Region are ferious as they demand Justice.

It is unclear what triggered the violence but as it stands now, it has been linked to a protracted chieftaincy dispute at Dompim, hometown of the MP, Hon. George Mireku Duker.

Victim of the riot

Dauda Issaka during an interview with Angel news said the accused Robert Amo, alias Jator with his group attacked and slashed them after they tried to question him for beating and threatening their cousin with knife and gun in their house, they also dismissed recent allegations that they were the one who came with cutlass to attack Robert Amo, alias Jator.

Barbara Yankey also being a victim of the violence during an interview with Angel news said, she was attacked and beaten severely by Robert Amo, alias Jator and his group just because she is a family member of the MP, Hon. George Mireku Duker.

A victim of the riot

The victims later made a passionate appeal to government, security agencies to let Justice prevail.

The victims are in critical condition and currently receiving treatment.
Robert Amo, alias Jator, the accused has been granted bail and will be sent back to court on November 3 for further questioning.

Story by: Nana Fynn Takoradi

Western Regional Minister and MP for Tarkwa Nsuaem accused for supporting “illegal” chief of Dompim-Pepesa to boycott court order

Western Regional Minister Kobby Okyere Darko, the Member of Parliament for the Tarkwa Nsuaem Constituency George Mireku Duker and the Municipal Chief Executive of the Constituency Benjamin Kessie have been accused by the Dompem Traditional Council for conniving with the illegal Chief, Nana Ohyeawora Bianyowah to boycott the rulings of the court to overthrow him.

Hon George Mireku Duker, Tarkwa Nsuaem MP

According to the Dompem Pepesa Traditional Council, an order was granted to the councils by the Court of Jurisdiction at Sekondi empowering the police to evict the notorious self-styled chief (Ohyeawora Bianyowah). When the police brought the eviction notice, he retaliated with gun shots and set the palace ablaze, and jumped through the window to escape. The Hon MP George Mireku Duker and The Hon MCE Bejamin Kessie were seen in a video arguing strongly and obstructing the police from performing their duty.

Hon Kobby Okyere Darko, Westeen Regional Minister

The Council has been through all hooliganism, vandalization and brutalities meted out by the illegal chief (Kwaapaa Ohyeawora Bianyowah) and his followers but the legal Chief of Dompem Pepesa Traditional area, Nana Nyonwa Panyin IV and the Pepesaman have been patient all this while and have come to appoint that a competent court of jurisdiction has given an order that the purported chief who styles himself as Ohyeawora Bianyowah who was enstooled by Hon. George Mireku Duker be moved from the Palace. The MP Hon George Mireku Duker, the MCE Hon. Benjamin Kessie teamed up against this court order, saying their government is in power and that they are in-charge of security in the area and for that matter will not rest, even though there is an order from the court of jurisdiction to evict the purported chief, they will not allow him to move out of the palace and will do everything in their power to prevent his removal.

Hon MCE Bejamin Kessie

On Thursday 27th August, 2020 the MCE Benjamin Kessie sent a troupe of military men to the town under the pretense that they were in to keep peace. While the MCE was talking on the local FM preaching peace, his boys took advantage of the presence of the Military and entered into residents premises to loot and vandalize their houses and stores. The Divisional Police Commander and the Regional Police commander had no knowledge of this military presence, the police had already been to the town and had kept peace and tranquility until that evening when they came. Their presence terrified the ordinary residents and the fear sent many running away in to bush. Hon. Mireku Duker, before the presence of the military, had swept away to safety, all his family members to another town. It is therefore clear that whatever was going to happen to the ordinary citizen did not matter to him. He was only pretending.

The illegal chief, Ohyeawora Bianyowah

Even though some of our clan members have been brutalized, Nana Nyonwa Panyin IV and his clan members, the Abusua Panyin and the accredited Kingmakers, respecting the ‘rule of law, had followed and obeyed instruction from the police and court and had managed to stay calm and not retaliate against all that the purported chief, his militants and these Honourable’s had been doing.

The council noted that traditionally the MP and MCE are not to meddle in the affairs of chieftaincy, and that they are not the ones to enstool a chief, behind whom they are solidly standing. So they are appealing to the president Nana Akufo-Addo to charge the MP MCE to desist from what they are doing, for in effect, their actions are likely to tarnish the respected image of Nana Akufo Addo
If there should be chaos in Dompim Pepesa, we suggest, that the president of the Republic should hold The Western Regional Minister, The Member of Parliament and Municipal Chief Executive of Tarkwa-Nsauem Municipality responsible.

The illegal chief, Ohyeawora Bianyowah who shot a gun at the baliff has been charged to court, but the Regional Minister ordered that he should not be taken to court because it is believed that the guns used by his militants were given him by the MP George Mireku Duker. The court has issued a bench warrant to arrest those responsible for the atrocities, but the MP prevented their arrest, and now those culprits are walking freely in town, saying, ‘as far as Hon Mireku Duker and the Western Regional Minister Kobby Okyere Darko remain at post, no one can arrest them.

Story: Sheila Satori Mensa

W/R: Dompim-Pepesa Chief’s Palace set ablaze

A Chieftaincy disputes at Dompim-Pepesa a community in the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipality of the Western Region yesterday, 26th August 2020, erupted when Dompim-Pepesa Chief Palace was set ablaze.

Allegedly, police were said to have stormed Dompim-Pepesa palace to enforce court order to eject the embattled chief but undisclosed source emphasize that the victim Ohyeawora Bian Nyonwa Panyin was unable to comply with the court order.

Dompim-Pepesa Palace

The Dompim-Pepesa Ohyeawora Bian Nyonwa Panyin narating the incident to Vision1 FM Western Regional Correspondent Benjamin Bray, he said at the early hours of 5:30am yesterday he was asleep when his spouse alert him that police officers and alleged macho men have encroached the palace.

According to the Ohyeawora, the police began to eject his family members from the palace where his rival macho men also started to remove palace furnitures and other materials from the palace.

Nana Ohyeawora emphasize that he was not issued with any documents “court order” before the incident when the alleged police and macho men stormed Dompim-Pepesa palace to execute their duty at the palace with the said court order.

Dompim-Pepesa Palace under fire

The Chief, Ohyeawora Bian Nyonwa Panyin said about three teargas were fired into the rooms at the top floor where he and his family were hiding including 8 months old baby.

Information gathered indicate that, after the teargas were fired Ohyeawora Bian, 8 months old baby and the rest of the family members escaped through a window frame where they were hiding.

The Dompim-Pepesa Chief Ohyeawora Bian Nyonwa Panyin was escorted to Dompim clinic for health check-up where later his spouse brought to the health facility after their sneaked out.

Report that is gradually reaching, indicate that Ohyeawora Bian Nyonwa Panyin was found guilty on a traditional ruling concerning chieftaincy issues in the area where Ohyeawora proceeded to Sekondi High Court to seek for an appeal.

Moreover as to the individual or group of people that set the Dompim-Pepesa palace ablaze are yet to be identified.

Meanwhile the Sekondi High Court is said to resume sitting on the Dompim-Pepesa chieftaincy disputes on 15th October 2020.

Filed By: Benjamin Bray -Vision1 Fm

W/R: Dompim-Pepesa Chief’s palace set ablaze

A Chieftaincy disputes at Dompim-Pepesa a community in the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipality of the Western Region yesterday, 26th August 2020, erupted when Dompim-Pepesa Chief Palace was set ablaze.

After the incident officers from the Ghana Police Service in the Western Region and some macho men have been allegedly fingered in the acts.

Dompim-Pepesa Palace

The police are said to have stormed Dompim-Pepesa palace to eject the embattled chief, Ohyeawora Biam Nyonwa Panyin with unconfirmed court order.

Meanwhile it is once again alleged that some unidentified macho men were also at the scene when the incident happened.

The Dompim-Pepesa Chief,
Ohyeawora Bian Nyonwa Panyin
confirmed the incident to Vision1 FM Western Regional Correspondent Benjamin Bray that
at the hours of 5:30am he was asleep when his spouse alert him that police officers and other men have stormed the palace premises.

According to the victim, the police began to remove his family members from the palace where their rival macho men also started to dismantle palace furnitures.

Nana Ohyeawora emphasize that he didn’t received any documents “court order” when the alleged police and macho men stormed Dompim-Pepesa palace to execute their intended purposes at the palace.

The Chief, Ohyeawora Biam Nyonwa Panyin said about three teargas were fired into the rooms at the top floor where he and his family were hiding including his 8 months old baby.

Dompim-Pepesa palace under fire

Information gathered indicate that, after the teargas were fired Ohyeawora Biam, 8 months old baby and the rest of the family members escaped through a window frame where they were hiding.

The Dompim-Pepesa Chief Ohyeawora Biam Nyonwa Panyin and spouse were escorted to Dompim clinic for health check-up after their sneaked out.

Report that is gradually reaching Sekondi-Takoradi Community reporter indicate that Ohyeawora Biam Nyonwa Panyin was found guilty on a traditional ruling concerning chieftaincy issues in the area where Ohyeawora proceeded to Sekondi High Court for an appeal court.

Moreover as to who set the Dompim-Pepesa palace ablaze is yet to be identified.

Meanwhile the Sekondi High Court is said to resume sitting on the Dompim-Pepesa chieftaincy disputes on 15th October 2020.

More to follow….

Filed By: Benjamin Bray – Vision1 Fm