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Daasebre Prof. Oti Boateng sued for failing to restore demolished statue

Daasebre Prof. Oti Boateng sued for failing to restore demolished statue

Daasebre Prof. Oti Boateng sued for failing to restore demolished statue

For failing to meet a 14-day ultimatum to replace a statue he

destroyed, the Children of late Prince Yao Boateng have sued

the New Juaben Traditional Council, its paramount chief

and the New Juaben South Municipal Assembly.

The suit is scheduled for next Wednesday, May 12, 2021

at the Koforidua High Court.

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The Paramount Chief, Daasebre Prof. Oti Boateng, together with

the New Juaben Traditional Council called for the bust, which

was erected in honour of Oheneba Emmanuel Prince Yao Boateng,

to be pulled down on March, 19 this year.

According to the Traditional Council, the statue was erected by

children of the late royal without the permission of

Daasebre Prof. Emeritus Oti Boateng – Omanhene of

New Juaben Traditional Council.

The Council described the action by the family as gross disrespect

to the Yiadom Hwedie stool and the statue as an

“offensive and dirty trick.”

They said the decision to forcibly pull down the statue was

necessitated by failure by the children of the late Oheneba Yao Boateng

to remove the statue, having promised and apologized when

summoned to the palace on February 5, 2021, by the Council.

However, in a letter to the Traditional Council and copied to

the paramountcy and the New Juaben South Municipal Assembly,

Osafo Adu-Amankwah, solicitors for the family

described the move as illegal.

“Your destruction of the bust and your subsequent press release

explaining your reasons for the above-mentioned destruction is

absolutely illegal even if the bust is offensive to you. Issues that

call for destruction or demolishing, there are laid down procedures

by the law that one ought to follow which your office

should be aware of,” part of the letter read.

The letter stated that the Council erred by destroying the bust,

because according to them, all public spaces and naming are

vested by law in Municipal District Assemblies (MMDAs)

and not the traditional council.

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