A photo of Prampram Mankralo Nene Atsure Benta III lying dead in a car has leaked online.
According to reports, gunmen opened fire on him as he returned from meeting at the Dodowa house of chiefs.
This follows an earlier incident in which he reportedly led a group of men, believed to be landguards, to attack one Nii Nartey IV, who claims to be the stool-father of the now-deceased Mankralo.
The late Nene Benta III
The incident occurred on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at Dodowa in the Shai Osudoku District.
The reasons he was killed are still unknown. A few hours before he was killed, Nii Nartey IV, together with some Prampram Mankralo stool elders, held a press conference at Ashaiman at which they levelled some allegations against the deceased chief.
Addressing the media, he said
“Nene Atsure Benta, for some time now, has failed to perform his core duties as Mankralo, and he has failed to respect the elders of the stool. So, as the stool-father, together with some priests and priestesses as well as some elders of the stool, we went to the family house to de-stool him on Wednesday afternoon”.
He went ahead to say that a few moments after the de-stoolment rites had been performed, Nene Atsure Benta led a team of well-built men believed to be land guards to his house and launched a severe attack on him.
“They drew me on the floor from my house to the roadside. The land guards, who were working on the orders of Nene Atsure Benta, fired some warning shots and threated to kill me if I did not reverse the de-stoolment rites, For the fear of his life, he obliged and followed them to the family house to perform the rites. When contacted for his side of the story, prior to his murder, Nene Benta said: “I am in a meeting at the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs at Dodowa, so, please hold on and meet me at Prampram, when I am done with my meeting here.”
Those words would turn out to be his last to the media as he was shot en route to Prampram. The police have started investigating the matter.