2 arrested for assaulting farmer

Bruised face of Opanin Sowa

Bruised face of Opanin Sowa

A relatively quiet farming community, Amantia in the Asante Akim South municipality of the Ashanti Region was last Thursday thrown into pandemonium following screams of help by a cocoa farmer who was nearly murdered by two assailants.

Opanin Akwasi Sowa, 54, a cocoa farmer had to be rushed to the Juaso Government Hospital by fellow farmers who were drawn to the scene of the attack.

Commander of Juaso District Police, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Andrew Anyani, who confirmed the attack to Ghanaian Times said the two attackers were in police custody assisting with investigations.

He assured that the police will charge the attackers accordingly for prosecution to commence after the investigations, and asked the residents to remain calm while the security officials work to ensure lives and properties were safe at all times.

The assailants, aged between 30 and 35, were said to have attacked the victim around 11a.m. while working on his farm following series of disagreements over a cocoa farm.

Speaking in an interview with Ghanaian Times, Opanin Sowa, who is currently receiving medical attention at the Juaso Government Hospital, said the attackers were the son and relative of a woman in the community he lent money to as far back as 2007.

In the presence of some witnesses, the woman, he said, agreed to allow him harvest her cocoa farm for a 10-year period to pay back the money, but despite the agreement, some relatives of the woman harvested the cocoa farm in 2009 and other years without his consent.

The son, who was in the known of the lease agreement, began harassing Opanin Sowa and his family to return total ownership of the farm to him, despite three more years for the expiration of the agreement.

Opanin Sowa said the situation compelled him to report the son’s behaviour to the elders and Assemblyman of the area, Eugene Essah, who scheduled a date for the hearing of the matter.

The son and another relative rather took matters in their hands and followed Opanin Sowa to his farm and attacked him violently, nearly resulting in his death.

 

By Claude Nyarko Adams

 

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