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Three more suspects have been picked up in the shooting incident at Mankessim in the Central Region that killed two persons including a Bureau of National Investigations officer.
An outdooring of a queenmother, Nana Otua, turned bloody last Saturday when the BNI officer, Samuel Ampofo and a civilian were shot dead by some unknown assailants during a procession.
Five persons were arrested at the weekend and another later, bringing the number of suspects to six.
Central Regional Police PRO, DSP Irene Oppong, told journalists Thursday that the Regional Police Command has picked three additional suspects in connection with the shooting incident which also injured seven other persons.
“In all the Police have nine suspects who are assisting us with investigations,” she said.
Details of the suspects have however not been given by the Police.
The ‘outdooring’ of Nana Araba Otua came after years of a chieftaincy dispute in the area. The Daily Graphic gathered that a court ruling last week allegedly struck out the gazette of Osagyefo Amanfo Edu and Nana Ama Amissah who had, for years, been recognised as the Paramount Chief and the Paramount Queenmother of Mankessim, respectively.
Nana Otua’s faction, which had laid claim to the stool for many years, consequently held the ‘outdooring’ ceremony, which began from the palace at Obuonmu in Mankessim to the five main family shrines.
Dozens of people, clad in white, with white bands and in a jubilant mood, followed the queenmother, who was in a palanquin, during the procession.
But when the procession was barely a few metres from the palace, unknown assailants fired gunshots into the procession, hitting the deceased persons and the others.
The incident compelled the Mankessim Police to call for reinforcement from the Cape Coast Regional Police Command.
There was palpable tension in the town after the shooting, as people formed groups to discuss the incident, while vehicles full of policemen criss-crossed the town.
After about two hours of a hold-up, the processors gathered again and went through the streets of Mankessim and re-converged on the palace grounds, amidst jubilation.
Some of the spectators said the procession was the last ritual to confirm Nana Otua as the Queenmother, and that they were glad the process had finally gone through.
The Linguist, Omankyeame Kofi Hagan, in a brief remark, said Mankessim was now ready to move on, with its Queenmother ‘outdoored’.
Soon, he said, in consultation with the kingmakers, a new paramount chief would be named, enstooled and ‘outdoored’.