4 arrested in connection with murder of Prampram Mankralo

The late Nene Atsura Benta III

The late Nene Atsura Benta III

The Prampram police on Friday arrested four persons in connection with the murder of the Mankralo of Prampram, Nene Atsure Benta III.


The Prampram Divisional Police Commander, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ACP) Godact Dodzi Hlordzi, who disclosed this at a press briefing, did not disclose the identity of the suspects for security reasons.


Nene Atsure Benta, 73, who was also acting President of the Prampram Traditional Council, was ambushed and shot by unknown gunmen Thursday at Appolonia in the Kpone-Katamanso Municipality of the Greater Accra Region, while returning from a meeting in Dodowa in his car.


ACP Hlordzi said Wednesday at 4:30 pm Divisional Police received information that some people were attempting to distool the Mankralo, but when policemen were dispatched to the palace of the traditional ruler, they realised it was not true.


The Divisional Police Commander said his outfit later had information that the Stool Father of Prampram had performed distoolment rites at the palace, but some elders asked him to go back to the palace and ‘reverse’ the rituals, which what he complied.



ACP Hlordzi said that when the police went to Mankralo to assess the situation, he told them the issue had been resolved by the family.


He said In spite of the development, policemen patrolled the town throughout the night to ensure law and order.


ACP Hlordzi said, however, on Thursday the Prampram police received information from their counterparts at Afienya that the Mankralo, who was returning from a meeting in Dodowa was shot dead.


ACP Hlordzi said investigations were continuing, and gave the assurance that the police would do everything to arrest those involved in the murder.


When the Ghanaian Times visited the family house of the deceased chief, the relatives were clad in mourning cloths.


The Head of Obonu Wem, Mr. Nelson Nathaniel Nartey, said the unfortunate incident had left them in a state of confusion.


He indicated that there was misunderstanding among family members lately, and on Wednesday a meeting was planned to resolve the issue, but that ended inconclusively.


Nene Benta, who had over the past decade acted as the chief of the town, in the absence of a substantive chief, left behind a wife and six children.


The District Chief Executive of Ningo-Prampram, Jonathan Teye Doku, assured that the District Security Committee (DISEC) would do everything possible to bring perpetrators of the crime to book, saying “we will not allow hooligans and land guards to terrorise the people in this district.”


He appealed to the public to divulge information to the police to help arrest those involved in the crime.


Mr Doku warned that people who would hide behind chieftaincy and foment trouble in the Ningo area would be dealt with drastically.

 By Godfred Blay Gibbah, Prampram

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