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tions of all those who would not take an oath to serve him,
and blocked the main road by encamping at Adjaman. The
result of this conduct was a renewal, in June, of the war
between Bekweh and Kokofu, in which the Kokofus lost the
first battle; but being strongly reinforced by Dadiassis and
Adansis from across the border, completely defeated the
Bekwehs in a second engagement. A Kumassi detachment
under Awua of Bantama came up too late to assist the
Bekwehs in this battle, but had a skirmish with the Kokofus
and retired to Akkassi, in which village Awua was
treacherously seized by night, and conveyed to the chief
of Kokofu, who at once put him to death. Kwaku Dua III.
sent to report these events to the Governor, adding that
the Kokofus were advancing on Kumassi, and asking that
they might be ordered to keep the peace; but before his
messenger reached Accra he was compelled to take action,
and, with a combined force of Kumassis, Bekwehs, and
Djuabins, completely routed the Kokofus in a two days'
battle, on the 26th and 27th of June, at Agemmamu.

The Kokofus, and a number of Adansis who had been
assisting them, fled across the Prah on July 1st, and orders
were sent to them to settle near Insabang ; but as no one



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was at hand to enforce these orders the fugitives remained
where they were, and the chief of Kokofu, who had with
him Archiriboanda and some 4,000 armed men, at Kotoko,
near the Prah, commenced making incursions along the main
road to the north of that river. On the Qth of August a
deputation from Kwaku Dua arrived at Accra to complain
of this, and Assistant-Inspector Akers was then sent to effect
the removal of the refugees. He found that Attah Fua, the
King of Western Akim, had suppressed the orders that shoulc |
have been given to the Kokofus, and, in direct opposition tc
the wishes, of the Government, was endeavouring to induce
them to settle in the neighbourhood of Insuaim. Th<
women and children of the Kokofus, to the number-of som< |
10,000, were distributed in the villages between Insuain
and Essikuma, while the chief and the men were at Kotokc
Great difficulties were experienced in effecting their removal
for the fugitives were desirous of remaining near the frontie
in order to be able to take immediate advantage of an
favourable occasion for renewing the struggle with Ashant
and the King of Western Akim threw every obstacle in th x
way ; but by the exercise of great firmness Mr. Akers at la:
succeeded in removing them to the borders of Aguna.

The overthrow of Kokofu removed the last discordai
element from Ashanti, and peace being restored, the count
rapidly regained its prosperity. This happy result can on y
be attributed to the prestige which the presence of a Europe; n
officer lent to the election of Kwaku Dua, for in the eyes >
the chiefs of the different Ashanti tribes it amounted to i
acknowledgment that he would have the support of t u
Government. But for this the chief of Kokofu would p:
bably have been able, by bribery or other insidious mea si
to engage the Mampons and Nsutas to act with him ii
support of Archiriboanda ; in which case the country wo^
have been torn to pieces in a protracted struggle for fi
supremacy, and thousands would have suffered.

THE END.



CHARLES DICKENS AND EVANS, CRYSTAL PALACE PRESS.



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