A 75-year-old farmer who allegedly shot and killed another farmer over a disputed cocoa farm at Osei-Asibey-Krom, near Asumura in the Asunafo North Municipality of the Brong Ahafo Region, has been arrested by the police.
The body of the deceased, Kwaku Acheampong, has been deposited at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi awaiting autopsy.
After the incident, the suspect, Ibrahim Bin Seidu, went to the charge office of the local police station at Asumura and told the police that a group of people numbering about six wielding guns, had attacked him at his cottage but he managed to repel them and in the process shot and killed one of them.
However, an eyewitness later told the police that he was present at the scene when Seidu shot and killed Acheampong instantly.
The police have arrested the suspect who is in police custody while the gun he used in committing the crime has been retrieved by the police.
Briefing the Daily Graphic in Sunyani, the Deputy Regional Crime Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police Mr Savior Ahiamadi, said both Seidu and Acheampong resided at Osei-Asibey-Krom, near Asumura and were litigating over a cocoa farm in the area.
He said the dispute over the cocoa farm between the two went before the chief of the area for settlement but both parties were not satisfied with the outcome.
The issue is pending before a court at Goaso, the capital of the Asunafo North Municipality.
ASP Ahiamadi stated that on October 6, 2010, Acheampong realised that someone had entered his cocoa farm to harvest ripe cocoa pods and later he had information that it was Seidu who went to harvest the cocoa, which he hid in his hut.
He said Acheampong, in the company of others, went for the cocoa Seidu was said to have harvested from the farm, an action which angered him ( Seidu).
ASP Ahiamadi said Seidu with a gun, later went to Acheampong’s cottage where he was working on the farm and shot him, killing him instantly.
He said police investigations revealed that Seidu, after committing the crime, fled the scene and reported to the local police that a group of people numbering six and wielding guns had attacked him but he repelled them and in the process shot one of them.
ASP Ahiamadi said Paa Yaw, one of the people who were at the scene when Seidu shot and killed Acheampong, later informed the police leading to the arrest of Seidu.
He said Seidu is currently in police custody while the police are conducting further investigation into the case.