By: Prosper Agbenyega
The Chiefs and youth of Apesokubi Traditional Area of the Volta Region are resolved to use all lawful and available means to defend, protect and preserve their traditional positions, rights and privileges as indigenous inhabitants of the area.
In the light of this, they called for the goodwill and support of all their traditional neighbours and allies who themselves must necessarily feel threatened by the false claims by all Akpossor immigrants residing in the Jasikan, Kadjebi and Biakoye Districts in the Volta Region.
According to them, the claims that these areas formed part of an erstwhile Akpossor Kingdom/Empire which they are determined to reclaim and restore as their homeland, is false.
Speaking at a press conference, Nana Osafo Aquah III, Chief of Apesokubi and Spokesperson for the aggrieved residents indicated that, it was about time worthy and highly esteemed common boundary owners and traditional allies be unalloyed and steadfast in their commitment to their common cause and heritage as the true indigenous inhabitants of the geographical area that used to be called Buem-Krachi District in the colonial era.
According to Nana Osafo Aquah III, they are placing calls on the noble chiefs and patriotic youth of Buem and Tapa Traditional areas to come together to resist fiercely and quickly cause to be terminated any project or development that is calculated to deprive us of our traditional positions, rights and privileges as the indigenous inhabitants of the said traditional areas.
He also indicated that there have been certain disturbing developments in Apesokubi Traditional Area including a police/military swoop in the area on 17th January 2012, which was generally believed to be politically motivated. However in that swoop, 26 persons were arrested.
The arrest came as a result of an alleged setting ablaze of a car and a young man was also reported to have been killed in Apesokubi around December 27, 2011.
“Following the foregoing tragic incidents, Mr. Akattah Louis, the DCE for Biakoye District, was reported to have made certain public comments in connection with the said incidents. Most of the reported public utterances on the said incidents by Mr. Akattah Louis were not only accusatory and irresponsible but also plainly false and mischievous as same were his own dishonest fabrications that had the tendency to cause a serious breach of law and order in Apesokubi Traditional Area,” Nana Acquah said.
“In his said public comments, Mr. Akattah Louis accused the Police of partisan and unprofessional conduct in their handling of the said tragic incidents. Specifically, he made the following allegations: – That the reported tragic incidents were part of systematic acts of aggression by the “settler Akans” calculated to annihilate the “indigenous Akpossors” in the “Akpossor traditional area” in the Volta Region; That the Police were bias and unprofessional in their conduct of investigations in that the Police were protecting and defending the “settler Akans” against the “indigenous Akpossors,” he added.hat the reported tragic incidents took place in “Akposso-kubi” in “Akpossor traditional area” in the Volta Region and that the Paramount Chief of the area is an “Akpossor.”
He mentioned that the foregoing comments by the said DCE pose a serious threat to peace and order in Apesokubi Traditional Area and are generally perceived as an expression in support of an ongoing treasonable project by the Akpossor immigrants in Apesokubi to extend the erstwhile Akpossor traditional state in French Togoland/Republic of Togo into British Togoland/Republic of Ghana.
Nana Acquah noted that the advocates and sponsors of the said “Akpossor project” claim that the areas constituting Jasikan, Kadjebi and Biakoye Districts in the Volta Region of Ghana originally formed part of the said Akpossor traditional state and that the purpose of the “Akpossor project” is to claim and restore the so-called erstwhile “Akpossor territory” to Akpossors as their homeland, using Apesokubi for the regrouping of the Akpossor immigrants from French Togoland/Republic of Togo.
“We have absolutely no doubt in our minds that the said “Akpossor project” has dire consequences and implications for the true indigenous people of Buem State and Jasikan District as originally known, and so we hereby invite all concerned to take note and act appropriately,” he stressed.
He averred that the people of Apesokubi Traditional area cannot afford to engage in any form or manner of trade-off in relation to our priceless legacy won for them through the blood and toil of their fathers.