The Okyenhene, Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin II has warned factions who are battling over the right over the Apedwa stool near Kyebi in the Eastern Region, to cease fire because their action violates customs regarding the stool.
The Okyehene who also serves as the President of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs wondered how the family was still mourning the late chief, Osabarima Obenakwa Kwafira II, who died on December 18, 2014 and buried on November 1, 2015, and yet the deposed Abuasuapanin, Opanin Kwadwo, installed one Yaw Ofosu Boadu, who is not a royal, as the new chief for Apedwa without police permit or the consent of the Agona family.
According to him, such actions were unlawful and violated the customs of the area.
The Okyenhene issued the warning when he was elevating the chief of Adiembra No 2, near Adeiso, Barima Kodwo Abam, from Baffour status, during the 4th meeting of the 16th session of the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional State Council at the Okyenhene’s palace, Kyebi, at the weekend.
In his advice to the traditional rulers, Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin II, warned the Gyasehene of Akyem Apedwa and the deposed Abuasuapanin over alleged deployment of about 18 persons suspected to be land guards from Kasoa in the Central Region to violate the public order law by installing Yaw Ofosu Boadu without any permit whatsoever. He insisted that the Apedwa Agona royal family must be allowed to present a credible person to the kingmakers at the appropriate time after the necessary consultations have been held, for a new chief to be installed.
He also sounded a word of caution to his sub-chiefs to refrain from interfering in the process of the nomination, election and installation of chiefs.
The elevated chief, Barima Kodwo Abam, who doubles as the sectary to the Akyem-Abuakwa Traditional Council Taskforce from the Oseyewuo Division, was shot on his right shoulder by some unknown gunmen in 2009 when he was defending the cause of the Okyenhene. He sustained various degrees of injury and was rushed to the Asamankese Government Hospital for treatment, where he was discharged later.
Barima Abam thanked the Okyenhene for having confidence in him and elevating him to his new status as chief.
He also pledged to his allegiance to serve the Okyenhene and the entire Okyeman Council.