Dome Faase residents hesitant to return home despite reduced military presence

Some residents of the Dome Faase in the Obom Domeabra Constituency say they will only return to the community if the military personnel deployed there are withdrawn.

Hundreds of residents in the area fled the town on Wednesday fled following a clash over disputed land that left a number of residents injured.

Notably, two soldiers were attacked during the confusion.

A coalition of Ga communities, which comprises of over 20 communities that share a border with the Eastern Region, is claiming that the Mponuahene of Akyem Apadwa and the Akyem Traditional Council are taking their farmlands. The tensions led to the Tuesday clash.

The incident led to the deployment of more military personnel to the town.

Speaking to Citi News, a teacher in the community said he will only return when all soldiers have been recalled despite the fact calm has reportedly returned to the area.

“We have heard that the soldiers were at the Obo side. The place was calm. Only one or two military personnel were at that place monitoring things.”

He is currently planing to return after some seven days.

“I wanted to go back this weekend but my parents are refusing and I am a teacher so I wouldn’t dare do that… maybe next week [I will return] but even not early in the week.”

The Omankrado for the Obom Domeabra community, Nii Addo, who left the community on Tuesday says he is likely to return to the community later on Thursday to help calm tensions.

“I left before soldiers came there so as an elder of the community, I had to be safe so I could channel people out so we can solve this matter. That is why I am not in the community now.”

He also maintains that his community is on the right side of this land dispute.

“The land belongs to us. It is our bonafide property from 200 years ago so it belongs to us. They [the Akyem] are claiming it but it is for us.”

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