The Mankralo [Caretaker] of Prampram in the Greater Accra Region, Nene Atsure Benta III, has been shot dead by unknown gunmen at Dodowa in the Shai Osudoku District.
Though it is unclear what might have led to the shooting, Citi News has gathered that it might be linked to some chieftaincy issues at Prampram.
However, hours before the death of the Manklalo, a man who claims to be the stool father to the Mankralo, Nii Nartey IV, together with some elders of the Prampram Mankralo stool, held a press conference at Ashaiman where they leveled some allegations against the deceased.
According to Nii Nartey who addressed the media, the deceased, Nene Atsure Benta, for some time now had failed to perform the necessary rites and functions required of him as a Mankralo coupled with total disrespect towards him, Nii Nartey, as the stool father.
“Nene Atsure Benta for some time now has failed to perform his core duties as Mankralo and he has failed to respect the elders of the stool. So, as the stool father together with some priests and priestesses as well as some elders of the stool, we went to the family house to destool him on Wednesday afternoon”.
Nii Nartey continued that “Few moments after we had performed the destoolment rites, Nene Atsure Benta led a team of well-built men believed to be land guards to my house and launched severe attack on me. They drew me on the floor from my house to the roadside. The land guards who were working on the orders of Nene Atsure Benta fired some warning shots and threated to kill me if I did not reverse the destoolment rites. For the fear of my life, I obliged and followed them to the family house to perform some rites” he narrated.
When Citi News after the press conference reached out to the late Nene Atsure Benta on phone for his side of the story, he said “I am in a meeting at the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs at Dodowa, so please hold on and meet me at Prampram when I am done with my meeting here”.
However, on his way back to Prampram from Dodowa, he was shot by unknown gunmen.
The District Chief Executive for Ningo Prampram, Jonathan Nii Teye Doku, when contacted, confirmed the incident, and said the police have taken over the matter and would investigate to bring the perpetrators to book.