Nana Anokyi IV, Chief of Anokyi, Nana Akpanye Armo II, Chief of Awiaso, and Nana Blaychie, Chief of Ekpu in the Ellembelle District of the Western Region, as well as their driver, suffered burn injuries, according to the Ghana News Agency.
When the terrible situation occurred, the traditional chiefs were apparently coming from the installation ceremony of Nana Amenkyi Fabin V, the new chief of Agyambra.
Kwame Mensah, with registration number GR 2304-12, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that he was driving the chiefs when he came to the rubber plantation at Agyambra on the route to Nyamebekyere, locally known as 32, and found a road barrier.
He came to a halt and alighted in an attempt to remove the roadblock, but to his astonishment, five guys emerged from the bush, one carrying a gallon of gasoline, who poured it on the vehicle and set it on fire, according to the news agency.
Mensah went on to say that the guys who attacked them may be members of a rival faction in the community vying for Nana Amenkyi Fabin V’s crown.
The occupants of the car in issue were able to flee, but they were burned to varying degrees.
Nana Anokyi IV also described his incident, saying he fled through the rubber plantation and subsequently arrived at Nyamebekyere’s 32 Customs Duane barrier.
DSP Valentine Akposu, the Ahanta-West Municipal Police Commander, confirmed the event to the GNA and said his unit was investigating it.