Togbe Afede XIV
Togbe Afede XIV

The Volta region House of Chiefs has expressed sadness over renewed gun attacks within the Nkonya and Alavanyo areas this week, which has resulted in the killing of a sub-chief of Nkonya-Ahenkro on his farm.

Togbe Afede XIV
Togbe Afede XIV

Three women, one in Nkonya and two others in Alavanyo also sustain severe injuries in separate attacks by unidentified assailants in both areas.

Though, the Police have ruled out the incidents being in connection with the age-old land conflict between the two traditional areas, members of the regional House of Chiefs think the attacks are becoming ?one-too-many.?

Speaking in an interview with this reporter, on the sidelines of their quarterly general meeting in Ho, Vice President of the regional House of Chiefs, Nana Soglo Alloh IV, bemoaned the shootings and urged the feuding factions to return to the mediation table.

?Mediation committees have been set up to resolve this issue, it looks like these two parties [for whatever reasons, nobody is sure who fanning it] refuse to accept all these representations, which is very unfortunate.?

?At the moment, the chiefs are powerless; the only thing we can do is mediation and continuous mediation, hoping that they will come back to their senses.?

Nana Soglo who is also the paramount chief of Likpe traditional area, however expressed worry over the unsupportive attitudes of residents in both areas in assisting the security agencies to identify and arrest criminal elements who are behind the attacks.

?It?s very difficult to find out who are the culprits; both parties tend to hide [the culprits] within the communities, that?s the difficulty, that our security agencies are facing.?

?If it?s on the side of Alavanyo, the Alavanyos will protect, if it?s on the side on Nkonya, the Nkonyas will protect. That?s the reason why the criminals are getting away with it, because they will always be protected by the community. ?



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