From Inusa Musah, Ashaiman .
Nii Nartey Donkor IV, Stool Father of the Prampram Traditional Area, has been picked up by the Prampram District Police as a suspect in last Thursday’s assassination of Nene Atsure Benta III, Mankralo and Senior Divisional Chief of Prampram.
According to information The Chronicle gathered from the police, Nii Nartey III, after performing some customary and traditional rites to destool the late Nene Benta III for allegedly disrespecting him (Stool Father) among other things on Wednesday, held a press conference at Ashaiman on Thursday alleging that the late Mankralo mobilised land guards to physically assault him.
Not too long after the presser had ended, the tragic news broke that Nene Benta III had been gunned down by some assassins, who ambushed him along the Appolonia stretch of road the deceased was using to his home from Dodowa.
The killers shot Nene Benta III, 73, in his ribs in his Mercedes Benz car on his way from the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs, Dodowa, on official duty.
Four other suspects, believed to be family relations of the deceased, have also been arrested by the Prampram Police to assist with investigations, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Godact Dodzi Hlordzi, Prampram Divisional Police Commander, told the media at a news conference organised by the District Security Council (DISEC).
Some school children alerted the Afienya Police of the murder of Nene Atsure Benta III, and immediately the Afienya Police informed the Prampram Police, ACP Hlordzi said, adding they made some investigations that led to the arrest of the five suspects, who are in the cooler and are assisting with police investigations.
He assured the bereaved family that the police would mount a heavy search to bring the perpetrators to book, adding that events leading to the death of the Prampram Mankralo had prompted the police to tighten security in the area.
Jonathan Paa Nii Doku, District Chief Executive (DCE) of Ningo-Prampram, also assured the family that the DISEC would do its best to bring justice by hunting and punishing the killers.
Whilst he commiserated with the bereaved family, he called for calm and peace in the traditional area, as the police hunted for those responsible.