Residents of Manso Tontokrom in the Amansie South District of the Ashanti region have been very alarmed by the reignition of violence in the town.
This comes after the acting chief of the town’s household was attacked and destroyed by some youth of the town with guns and machetes.
The attack which violently took place at night was a severe one which has led to a total destruction of the chief’s house after he and his family escaped death.
Tontokrom had been been known to be one of the dangerous towns in the Ashanti region for violence some time ago. But recently, the area had been calmed after the old acting chief, Nana Tonto was destooled for new ones to take over.
Residents had earlier blamed the old acting chief for the cause of all violence within the town since he had always surrounded himself with these violent lovers whom he used to attack people within the town.
Speaking to this reporter in an interview, the worried residents who anticipate fears revealed that the town which had been calmed after the installment of two new acting chiefs, Nana Francis and Nana Onyina is being alarmed again after this fresh attack on the innocent chief.
“We were here peacefully who a group of known youth numbering over thirty, took over the town with guns and machetes, given us no other option than to run away. These same criminals went to chief’s residents to attack his household without a cause”. One eye witness recounted.
“Our lives are always in danger. These violent people always want to take over our town”. Another woman said.
“We live in our own like strangers, anytime these people start their criminal things, we need to get inside our rooms. How? These new chiefs had brought us peace. And now, look at an attack on this innocent chief.
They therefore plead with authorities to give security attention to the town before things get escalated. The also called for the installation of a substantive chief from Otumfoɔ.
A visit to the chief’s house revealed how the building had been pinch-hit by stray bullets with all the glass windows and doors destroyed by these alleged invaders.
Speaking to the chief, he said these perpetrators who were known to be the natives of the town, with some of them being strangers only threatened to kill him after some strangers, his friends, came to visit him.
“They accused me of bringing such strangers into the town and threatened to deal with me, and here we are seeing them attack me in the night.” The Chief said
He further revealed that an official police report was made and since the police could not come early, some military men later came to rescue the situation but these criminals had fled. He said the police later came to take a report of what had happened.