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
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.
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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.