The Herald, has picked up worrying intelligence, suggesting that the appeal by the Okyenhene, Amoatia Ofori Panyi to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), James Oppong Boanuh, to act on the gun brutalities on the people of Dome Faase by an ex-soldier, styling himself as Mponuahene of Akyem Apedwa in the Eastern Region, will not be acted upon.
This paper's information is that the IGP, will not deal with the matter, because Bafour Sarpong Kumankuma's backbone in his nefarious activities, which include the use of serving soldiers is Major Gen. Thomas Oppong Peprah; the Army Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces' (GAF).
This Herald's search has revealed that, the two men in-charge of the country's security; Military and Police Service, are extremely close and are from the same hometown, Dormaa Ahenkro in the Bono Region.
The Herald is further informed that, the National Security Secretariat, has investigated the matter and closed in on the Army Commander's use of soldiers for private duties together with his "errand boy "Sarpong Kumankuma, but the country's apex security body, has been unable to deal with the matter, because the Army Chief is President Akufo-Addo's darling and an in-law.
People who are familiar with the issue explain to The Herald that the ties binding the IGP and Army boss, is the reason why the police chief, did not act on the earlier petition sent to him by the chief and people of Dome Faase; the victims of Bafour Sarpong Kumankuma's bullying tactics and terrorism.
Bafour Sarpong Kumankuma's criminal activities in the Dome Faase community in the Ga South Municipal, has roundly been condemned but, despite the many calls to have him investigated and unmask his sponsors, the IGP, has remained silent two weeks after the brutalities that claimed a life and left two soldiers injured dispatched from the Army Headquarters.
On Wednesday, The Herald's publication gave away the brain behind Bafour Sarpong Kumankuma, whose real name is Samuel Sarpong, an ex-Staff Sergeant, a former Provost in the Ghana Army.
He reportedly goes round the national capital, land guarding and terrorizing property owners for their lands, using military men gotten from Army Headquarters.
It has become apparent that, the reason Mr Oppong Boanuh, who is a lawyer, is unable to probe the incident, is because of the IGP's intimate relationship with him.
Sources say, the relationship between the two, is so close that they refer to themselves as brothers, hence it has become very impossible, for the IGP to investigate Bafour Sarpong Kumankuma, since it will lead to implicating IGP's "brother" positioned by President Akufo-Addo to be the next Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) after the 2020 general elections.
So far, neither the IGP, nor Lt General Oppong Peprah, has said a word, regardless of the many calls from the affected community, Member of Parliament (MP), the Okyenhene and others.
The GAF and Ghana Police Service, have also remained tightlipped on the matter, leaving many unanswered questions.
The Okyehene, Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin, has called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of Bafour Sarpong Kumankuma, after the latter had claimed in a television interview that, his actions at Dome Faase, were backed by the Akyem Abuakwa stool, adding he was only collecting and policing the Dome Faase lands for the Okyenhene.
The ex-Military officer, claimed he and others, act at the whims and caprices of Okyehene. "We are his people, we are only his police who guard his lands, and serve as his labourers", he revealed.
But in a swift response, the Okyehene debunked the various claims made in his name, saying the man in question was not even the Mponuahene of Akyem Apedwa.
In a statement issued and signed by Secretary of the Akyem Abuakwa State, Dan Ofori Atta, listed a number of criminal activities Bafour Sarpong Kumankuma, has been implicated in. He was also accused of disrespecting the Stool as several summons by it Council to answer certain questions, were never honoured.
"We wish to state unequivocally, that Bafour Sarpong Kumankuma, is not the Mponuahene of Akyem Abuakwa. He is not recognized and accepted as a Chief or a holder of any traditional authority in Akyem Abuakwa.
"He acted as land guard in furtherance of his illicit and criminal profession related to unlawful sand winning, unauthorized sale of lands and violation of the order and enforcement of the public policy which has been his hall mark.
He has time without number disrespected summons to appear before the Kyebi Executive Council to answer queries regarding his nefarious activities," according to the statement from the Akyem Abuakwa State".
Meanwhile, the claim that Sarpong was with 64 Battalion soldier under former President Rawlings, has been disputed. He has, however, worked at the National Security stationed at the Tema Port.
He has been working for the Forestry Commission (FC) as security trainer, since the days of the late Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie aka Sir John.
He is said to be in the bad books of the National Security and like in the case of the Kyebi Executive Council instance, several attempts to get him to answer questions at his former place of work (National Security), has fallen on deaf ears.
The nefarious activities of the now disputed chief, The Herald, has gathered has been the worry of many, but no help appears to be coming from the Police. It was in that regard that call to the IGP by the Okyenhene was hailed, but many are worried nothing serious will happen, because of the relationship that exists between the Army Commander and the IGP.
Many are worried on why the military, has also remained quiet refusing to comment on either the brutalities by their men together with Barfour Sarpong Kumankuma or against their men. The once dreaded forces appears to have lowered it standards and now becoming like a private force being used at the slightest chance.
Meanwhile, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Domeabra Obom, Sophia Karen Ackuaku, has welcomed the statement by the Okyenhene distancing himself from the land dispute and the incident thereof and has called on the IGP to act on the issue.
The statement by the MP issued on Tuesday, said the call to the IGP to investigate ex-soldier should not end there, adding Bafour Sarpong Kumankuma, should be made to pay for all the things he destroyed during his stay in that community.
Again, the NDC MP called on President Akufo-Addo to launch an investigation into why the Military Command deployed it officers with questionable character.
"As the elected representative of the good people of Domeabra of constituency, I am in tune with the Okyehene's call, except to add that beyond Barfour Sarpong's arrest and prosecution, he should be made to pay for all the properties he destroyed under the guise of protecting Akyem land.
Furtherance to this, the President, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, should cause an investigation into the circumstances under which the military command deployed armed military men to a man who has turned out to be a criminal and an imposter to harass the people of Dome Faase.
Many are worried that Barfour Sarpong may escape punishment, because he is an appointee of this government at the Forestry Commission and moved around in a vehicle with New Patriotic Party flag hanged in it and the late Sir John's poster on it".