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The-Ghana-Police-Service-The Chief of Joma, a village near Ablekuma in the Greater Accra Region, Nii Ayitey Noyaatse I, has been shot dead in his palace.

The 40-year-old chief, who was also a musician, known in music circles as Araz, and installed three years ago, was shot in the chest in his bedroom last Monday morning in his sleep.

Two rival chiefs, Nii Solomon Aya Aryee and Sarki Moses, the Zongo Chief of the area, had both been picked for questioning by the police.

Narrating the incident to the media, Madam Rebecca Laryea, the 60-year-old mother of the deceased, said the late chief lived with his sister, one Diana Morkor, alongside four of his children in his Joma palace.

On Monday March 10, 2014, the Chief Linguist of the community, Nii Ayikoi Ayeh came to the palace to call the chief around 6:00am to prepare for their court hearing at the Accra High Court.

She said Nii Ayeh came to the house to personally call the chief because efforts to reach him on the mobile phone had failed.

When Nii Ayeh entered the palace, he knocked several times on the door of the chief?s room, but there was no response so he decided to proceed to the window.

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The late chief with his family

When he got there, he realized that the sliding window was slanted and upon peeping into the room, he saw the chief lying on the bed soaked in blood.

Nii Ayeh raised the alarm and consequently forced the door open with the help of some neighbours.

Upon entering the room, they realized that Nii Noyaaste had been shot in the chest. Parts of his heart had popped out and there was a deep hole in his chest.

The Anyaa Police were immediately called to the scene.

Madam Rebecca Laryea alleged that this was not the first time her son had been attacked.

?Three months ago, some suspected land guards attacked my son in the bush and when the matter was reported to the Odorkor Police, two of the attackers were apprehended.

?Later when the land guards, led by one Moses, were released, they threatened his life and made several attempts to attack him again but to no avail,? she said.

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Parents and some family members

Accompanied by Pastor John Arye Okai, father of the late chief, an emotional Madam Rebecca Laryea said the body of her son had been deposited at the Police Hospital morgue.

The area is embroiled in a longstanding chieftaincy dispute, as three persons lay claim to the position.

The Greater Accra Regional Police Commander, DCOP Christian Tetteh Yohuno, who led a team of police personnel to the scene, said the Police would investigate the matter to ensure that the perpetrators of the heinous crime were brought to book, adding that the Zongo Chief of the area was being questioned.

He said security had been intensified in the community since the incident could spark panic among residents.

DCOP Yohuno said statements had been taken from eyewitnesses and that those behind the murder would soon be apprehended and dealt with according to the law.

He urged members of the community to help the police with information which could lead to the arrest of the perpetrators.

Musicians Mourn Deceased

Meanwhile, controversial hiplife musician A-Plus and songstress Mzbel have both paid glowing tribute to the late chief who was also a hiplife musician known in music circles as Araz.

A-Plus said Araz did enjoy some amount of success with his hit single ?Laimomo? released in the early 2000s.

After that success, he struggled to make it in the industry, releasing several singles including ?Oseyie?, ?Ghana Mmaa?, ?Everybody Hates Ghana?, ?Ekan Titi Suban?, and ?Ghana Bra Behywe W?akyi?.

A-Plus, known in private life as Kwame Asare Obeng, in an interview, recounted how he met Araz in 1999 at Hush Hush Studios in Accra.

?I first met him when I presented my demo to Hush Hush Studio for an audition that was coming up at the Azumah Nelson Sports Complex and that was how the relationship between [us] began,? he said.

A-Plus added, ?Fortunately, Araz and myself and I think two or three more people were selected by the record label to be produced. So that is how we met.?

Nana Ekua Amoah, known in showbiz as Mzbel, also shared fond memories of the late hiplife musician in an interview with Myjoyonline.com.

?I followed Araz and some other guys to Hush Hush and then got a job as the receptionist and then later on I became an artiste,? she recounted.

Mzbel said she featured in Araz?s first album, adding, ?He was the first to feature me in a song called ?Charley? and then I also featured in his video called ?Sika? with A-Plus and one other guy called Black Dogg.

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By Linda Tenyah

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