Filed photo: A corpse

The coffin containing the body of a woman named Adwoa Antwiwaa has been exhumed by some persons who are yet to be identified and dumped at the forecourt of a rival chief’s palace at Awenade near Nkawkaw in the Eastern Region.

Reports indicate the exhumed body of the 39-year-old was found around 5:10 am on Sunday in front of the palace occupied by Nana Danso Ofori III after its burial on Saturday.

Sunday’s incident is believed to have been triggered by a burial fee of Ghc300 collected by an alleged destooled chief, Nana Danso Ofori II, who authorised the burial of the deceased.

A rival faction has questioned Nana Danso Ofori’s authority to carry out such an instruction.

The PRO of the Eastern Regional Police Command, DSP Ebenezer Tetteh confirmed the incident in an interview with Accra-based radio station, Kasapa FM.


According to him, a team led by the Nkawkaw District Commander, Superintendent Victor Kwakye and the District Crime Officer, ASP Mr Samuel Opoku Korang, went to Awenade and found the exhumed coffin in front of the palace.

He added that the Police, as part of its investigation, visited the cemetery and discovered the grave in which the deceased was buried was empty.

DSP Tetteh said the police removed the body from the coffin and has re-deposited it at the Holy Family Hospital mortuary for preservation.

Meanwhile, a member of the deceased’s family, Nana Asenso Boateng, said even though they suspected their feuding faction to be responsible, they would wait on the police to be given the green light to re-bury the body.