concerned citizens in the Diaspora, USA
November 11, 2007
We “THE CONCERNED CITIZENS
OF ANLO IN THE DIASPORA” have learnt with horror and
sadness the shocking bloody massacre of our kinsmen
by the officers of the Ghana Police Service on
November 1st 2007, a day that will go down in INFAMY
IN THE ANNALS OF ANLOLAND.
Concerned Citizens saw disaster coming piece by
piece and warned authorities on numerous occasions
to no avail. OUR OUTRAGE IS DIRECTED AT HIGH
GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, THE GHANA POLICE SERVICE, SOME
OF THE CORRUPT AND PARTISAN PRESS, AND A CORRUPT
GHANA JUDICIAL SERVICE. At their doors lies
responsibility for the horrible loss of life.
The sad events of “BLOODY THURSDAY” were the case of
Government failure to listen to its own people. It
was a cruel and cynical man made disaster that could
have been averted. The similarity between the Anlo
tragedy and the Dagbon tragedy are striking.
In 2003 we wrote a series of articles pleading with
Government to act and avert blood bath. Our pleas
went unheeded by Government.
It is clear that the
tragedy of “Bloody Thursday” November 1st 2007 was
just the culmination of years of atrocities by
Nyonyo and his accomplices and benign neglect by the
Government. We now know of the seven who have made
the ultimate sacrifice. There can be no Victor in
this insane carnage, nor a victory parade and a
Victor’s crown! WE ARE ALL LOOSERS!
THE EVENTS OF BLOODY THURSDAY
The circumstances surrounding the deaths of 3
youths and an old lady are in doubt. On Thursday
November 1st 2007, one Francis Nyonyo Agboada aka
Seth Lumorvi Atitsogbui, aka Francis Osei Agboada, a
known thug and rubble rouser, thought the time was
opportune for him to make the ULTIMATE GRAB FOR
POWER IN ANLOLAND. He made a move to seize the
Awoamezi the sacred throne of the King of Anlo. By
his calculation, he could then proclaim himself the
Awoamefia (KING) of Anlo. Under heavy Police guard
Nyonyo and his entourage, led by his lap dog, Togbui
Hor of Agbozume, attempted to enter a sacred shrine
of the Anlos (Agor’s Court). The youths of Anlo had
wind of the planned desecration and so congregated
at the shrine to prevent Nyonyo and his thugs from
committing sacrilege. The youth had no guns and were
not breaking any laws. Nyonyo’s advance group of
armed thugs and rubble rousers, who were trucked in
from outside, attacked the local youth who also
defended themselves. Pandemonium broke out when the
Police, with total disregard for Police procedure
and Human life, opened fire on the youth with life
ammunition. No warning to disperse, no tear gas, no
shots to disable! Three youths and an old lady on
her way to market were cut down in the hail of
The enraged youth stood their grounds. One Police
officer also lost his life. Incensed by the death of
their compatriots the Police went on a rampage in
Anloga, indiscriminately brutalizing the citizenry,
kicking doors down and vandalizing property. The
hoodlums and the Police ransacked the Palace of
AWADADA (FIELD MARSHAL) OF
ANLO. Local youth suspected of being opposed to
Nyonyo were beaten up and sent to jail in Ho and
Nsawam where they were tortured physically. Two of
them died in Police custody. Meanwhile Anloga and
the surrounding towns were placed under siege and a
dusk to dawn (6pm to 6am) curfew was imposed on the
THE POLICE AS NYONYO’S PRIVATE ARMY?
As all patriotic Ghanaians we would want to believe
1. Ghana belongs to the Council of Nations dedicated
to upholding human rights at home and abroad.
2. Ghana is a signatory to relevant International
Statutes forbidding torture and inhumane treatment
In the days to come we will hope that our Government
at home will rise to the occasion and stop this
“theatre of the insane”.
THE GRIEVANCES OF THE CITIZENS OF ANLO AGAINST
THE POLICE ARE NUMEROUS.
1. For years now the Police force has functioned as
A PRIVATE ARMY FOR NYONYO. The ELITE PANTHER FORCE
of the Ghana Police Service routinely serves as
BODYGUARDS for Nyonyo. On numerous occasions this
unit comes from their base in Accra to brutalize and
intimate the citizens of AnloLand at Nyonyo’s
2. Numerous complaints and enquiries to Government
officials about Nyonyo, a private citizen being
accorded that Police escort have gone unanswered.
3. Basic Human Rights of the people of Anloland have
been trampled on by Nyonyo with the help of the
a) The Police in Anloland routinely prevent the Anlo
Chiefs from meeting to deliberate over the peoples
business. Any such meeting is quickly scuttled by
the Police at Nyonyo’s orders.
b) Nyonyo recently tried to prevent Chief James
Ocloo of Keta’s outdooring again with the help of
c) The Police of Anloga routinely refuse to give out
statement forms to citizens who are victims of
violence perpetrated by Nyonyo’s thugs. We do have
names and pictures of bloodied crime victims.
The participatory and facilitatory role of the
Police in crimes against Anlos extends to the top of
the Police force. The Regional Police Commander at
Ho left no doubt about his very partisan handling of
the sad tragedy at Anloga on November 1st 2007.
1. He was careful not to arrest any of the outsider
thugs and provocateurs who initiated the violence.
2. Some of these wounded thugs were reported
spirited away to a hospital at Denu and granted safe
conduct by the Police out of Anloland after
3. The Police went from house to house using
Nyonyo’s thugs as guides.
Youths fingered out by these thugs were arrested,
brutalized and hauled to jail.
4. The curfew in Anloga did not apply to Nyonyo’s
thugs who went out and ransacked the AWADADA’S
5. Within hours of discovery of the body of the only
Police casualty of the violence, the Regional Police
Commander announced that he had identified the blood
of the dead Police officer in the AWADADA’S PALACE.
Under the best of circumstances a DNA match could
take weeks. Furthermore we are not aware of the
Ghana Police having a DNA laboratory and trained
personnel capable of the task of DNA matching.
Regardless of this fact, the Regional Police
Commander Bernard Guyiri Dery recklessly rushed to
judgement, obviously aiming at smearing and
implicating the AWADADA of Anlo, perceived to be
opposed to Nyonyo’s power grab.
6. Within hours of the outbreak of violence
Commander Bernard Guyiri Dery informed the whole
world that “the Anlo youth were not shot by the
Police, they rather grabbed guns from the Police on
the scene and killed themselves accidentally with
7. This hapless Commander was reported as claiming
that the two who died in Police custody died by
knocking their own heads against the wall.
8. In a letter written by Bernard Guyiri Dery to
Dumega Raymond Okudzeto (and since made public) this
officer showed, by his own words, his partisan
affiliation to the ruling party in Ghana, trumps all
peace and security consideration in Anloland.
9. There is no evidence to date showing that the
Police have secured the CRIME SCENE.
10. There is no mention of under whose orders the
Police infact invaded Anloga on November 1st 2007.
11. Pertinent questions as:
a) Number of rounds issued to each Police officer.
b) Number of rounds fired by each Police officer.
c) Retrieved bullets and casings at the scene and
d) The world deserves to know ultimately the guns
from which the bullets were fired. These should be
done by qualified ballistic experts.
GOVERNMENT CYNICAL ROLE IS THE POLITICAL PRIZE
WORTH THE COST OF HUMAN LIFE AND SUFFERING.
It has been seven days since the deadly event in
Anloga occurred on November 1st 2007. We are
particularly saddened by the total absence of
leadership by Kuffour’s Government. A prompt visit
to the scene, a televised speech to the NATION and
an appeal for calm by President Kuffour of Ghana
would have made him look presidential and convinced
we the Anlos that “our President feels our terrible
pain. Mr. President, better late than never”.
It is apparent that for some strange reasons of
their own Government is working hand in gloves with
Francis Nyonyo Agboada in terrorizing Anlo. If this
is not true what business have the IGP got doing by
paying homage to Nyonyo in Anloga some couple of
months ago implicitly affording him recognition and
support despite the numerous petitions and
disclaimers from the King makers addressed to him?
We refer to a well written article by the Clan
Heads, Elders, and Chiefs of Anlo on the topic. This
article listed the numerous complaints to various
Interior Ministers, the IGP, the Vice President and
the President about the use of Police as a private
Army by Nyonyo.
Questionable judgements and benign neglect by some
judges handling cases brought by the Chiefs in
attempts to stop Nyonyo make mockery of our judicial
system. A bias and corrupt media promoted and
created a public persona for Nyonyo while denying
all others the right to voice their opinions.
The role of the Daily Graphic, a national paper, is
distressing and shameful. The pseudo journalist by
the name TIMOTHY GOBAH actually deserves to remain
nameless, being deserving of no wastage of ink and
paper, but for the great harm his brand of
journalism has brought to Anlo.
OUR DEMANDS TO GOVERNMENT ARE SIMPLE.
1 Lift the medieval type siege on Anloland. The
siege is creating untold hardship for our people.
2. Lift the curfew on Anloland. We have never killed
ourselves and do not intend to kill ourselves in the
3. Dismiss the Regional Police Commander Bernard
Guyiri Dery. He is very partisan and the ultimate
cause of the problem. He is a derelict. He is not
capable of handling the crime scene and collecting
materials and evidence professionally. He has
already tipped his hands and exposed his
4. Transfer all present Police officers at Anloga
and Keta out of the area. They are an embarrassment
to the uniforms they wear.
5. Set up a commission of inquiry with subpoena
powers to investigate the deadly Anloga incident.
6. Explain to the people the special relationship
between the Police and Nyonyo.
7. A vigorous investigation of the seven deaths,
including that of the Police officer and punishment
proportionate to any crimes proven to be committed.
8. Immediate compensation to citizens for property
damaged by the Police and the thugs the Police
9. The Regional Minister of Volta Region is deeply
involved in this tragic saga and should be relieved
of his duty. Mr. Kofi Dzamesi is part of the problem
and must go.
10. The DCE of Keta, Mr. Edward Ahiabor is partisan
and should be relieved of his duties.
To the citizenry of Anlo, we plead for calm. We do
feel your pain and loss. We want to assure you that,
nobody would be allowed, not even the Government, to
disregard our sacred culture, processes and
procedures of installing an Awoamefia for the Anlo
To Francis Nyonyo Agboada aka Seth Lumorvi
Atitsogbui we say prepare for your exit from
Anloland. “YOU CANNOT RUN; YOU CANNOT EVEN HIDE.”
For you “OUR CUP OF FORBEARANCE HAS OVERFLOWN”.
Signed by Eddie Ditchfield-Agboh and Dr. Yao
Kaledzi for Concerned Citizens in the Diaspora