Ghanaian politician and businessman Akwasi Addai Odike claims to know who the men are that tried to kill him in his Kumasi office.
On August 22, gunmen broke into a former presidential candidate’s office, damaging damage and robbing hostages.
The violence was sparked by his claim that several Ashanti Region chiefs were participating in the widespread criminal activity of galamsey.
According to reports, he also exhorted young people to take charge and put pressure on the leaders of their towns to make it clear how they plan to tackle illegal mining.
He was banished from Manhyia after his comments infuriated the local leaders.
The Chiefs further demanded that Oyerepa FM/TV cease operations by this Friday, August 26.
In an interview on Thursday, August 25, the founder and head of the United Progressive Party (UPP) revealed that one of the men who assaulted him was the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II’s chauffeur.
According to Akwasi Addai Odike, this driver goes by the nickname “40-40.”
“I’m in my hideout now. They hired thugs to come and kill me in my office and I know them. All the boys I saw them. One is the driver of Otumfuo. I know all of them. I know where they operate from. I have reported the matter and the police are now manhunting them.
“I saw 40-40 who is the driver of Otumfuo. I can’t give out his real name because that is what he is affectionately called,” Akwasi Addai Odike told Citi News.
Despite having high regard for the Kumasi Traditional Council, the former candidate for president has stated that he disagrees with the ruling.
He argues that he detests violence and will not take any measures that would endanger others. He has chosen to patiently await Otumfuo’s return to Ghana in order for the conflict to be settled amicably.
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