The Eastern Regional First Vice-Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party, Dr. Richard Twum Barima, has called on the Inspector General of Police and the Ghana Legal Council to sanction one Nene Nanekey Terkpertey Ofori Agor IX, a police officer at Somanya, for misconduct.
According to Dr Twum Barima, Nene Ofori Agor IX, who is a Divisional Chief of Okper under the Yilo Krobo Traditional Council, has developed the habit of dragging his name into a chieftaincy dispute in the area without basis.
Nene Ofori Agor, a legal practitioner, alleged that Dr. Twum Barimah was fueling a raging chieftaincy dispute in the area as well as instigating and leading acts of thuggery and attacks on opposing chieftaincy factions.
At a press conference over the weekend, Nene Ofori Agor claimed that Dr. Twum Barimah was “disintegrating, destroying, tearing apart and ravaging Yilo Krobo”.
“He is really doing great harm to our land and people…he has labelled himself Somanya champion and he is really misbehaving and infiltrating into very sensitive areas within Yilo Klo,” the chief claimed.
Nene Agor also accused the NPP Chairman of masterminding an attack on the youth of Okperpiem on November 15, 2021, leading to the injury of four persons, among other allegations.
Responding to the accusations, the Constituency Chairman of the NPP in Yilo Krobo, Alhaji Teye Abubakar, denied the allegations and condemned the chief for “his ethnocentric attack and false accusations on the Regional First Vice Chairman.”
“Dr. Twum is a Krobo from Plau, born and bred in Yilo Klo, with his village being Klo Akwapem and Oluwahia in the Yilo Krobo municipality. Dr. Twum is from ‘Plau Wetso’ and not ‘Okpeh Wetso’, so how can he be involved in the chieftaincy issues in Okpeh and Sra?” the NPP Chairman questioned.
He stressed that “as a police officer and a lawyer, we expect Dennis Yao Terkpetey, aka Tukpe, to follow due process by initiating legal processes to deal with all of the claims he is making, rather than defaming Dr. Twum’s character and disparaging the NPP in Yilo.
“We are worried about the peace that Dennis Terkpetey Yao, aka Tukpe, wants to disturb in Yilo, using the chieftaincy as a decoy. We expect him to know better as a police officer and to stop this attitude, which undermines the very police institution in which he works. He must stay out of the party politics in Yilo Klo,” he noted.
The statement also lauded Dr. Twum for the numerous support given to the constituency, particularly in areas of youth and women empowerment, drilling of boreholes, and provision of corn mills to communities in the area.
Meanwhile, Dr. Twum Barimah has reported the actions of the chief to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, calling on him to bring his staff to book. He has also reported the issue to the General Legal Council, urging the council to caution the chief who is also a legal practitioner.