Ghana, Africa — Opanin Kwabena Akosa, the lead spiritualist of the Asantehene was shot dead last Wednesday. The ruler of the Akan state of the Asanteman has not been officially notified of the death. The unfortunate event comes during a period of celebration, which makes the death announcement taboo.
Akosa is a member of the Nsumankwaa Fekuo and is the carrier of the Samanka shrine. The Samanka shrine is a collection of shrubs and herbs believed to drive away evil spirits that may cross the path of the Asantehene when he is in procession.
At the time of his death, Akosa was coming back from the Owabi Forest Reserve on the Kumansi-Barekse road to collect herbs needed to prepare for the Nsamangro festivities. He was shot and killed by an unknown assailant while he was on his way home. The close range shooting happened after Akosa alighted from Atafoa, where he resides. He was shot right across his home. He managed to run to a nearby church, where he collapsed and died.
The Suame District Police Command in Kumansi confirmed the incident. According to Superintended Boasiako, the police have yet to figure out the motive of the murderer. Nothing was taken from the victim. Akosa’s remains are in Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital mortuary.
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