Chief exhumed corpse for not attending communal labor

The exhumed remains of the deceased

The Assin North Municipal Chief Executive, Nicholas Fifi Baako has directed the Assin Fosu Divisional Police Command to immediately arrest the Chief of Assin Dansamea in the Central Region, Okufo Twum Beriama IV who hired thugs to exhume the remains of a body that had been buried at the cemetery in the area for a week.

He said perpetrators of the act must also be dealt with drastically to serve as deterrent to others.

Okufo Twum Beriama IV’s action followed failure by family of the deceased to adhere to his directive for them not to bury in the area until they had resolved all outstanding issues with his palace including a fine that was yet to be paid.

The chief claims the family usurped his authority by going ahead to bury him without following the due processes as he demanded insisting he was justified in directing his boys to exhume the decomposing body.

According to him, the deceased whilst alive, failed to take part in communal labour and once he was the owner of the land in question, he demanded the bereaved families exhume the body that had been buried for about a week.

The deceased who is a member of the Asona family, was reported to have been slapped with a GH¢ 500 fine for his refusal to attend communal labour but did not settle his indebtedness before his death.

But reacting to the development, Mr Fifi Baako described the act as unfortunate and lawless.

According to him, the act of lawlessness and indiscipline on the part of individuals in the area will come to a halt if perpetrators of such incident are arrested.

“These people need to be taught a lesson and therefore I call on the police to arrest all of them including the chief” the MCE warned.