The Okyeman Traditional Council last Friday, officially announced the banishment of Odehye Nana Kwame Adjei Boateng and two others from the royal family of the Asona clan of the Akyem Abuakwa State.
But Odehye Boatend has described his banishment as a ‘joke’ saying he provided evidence to all the allegations he made to prove his case.
Odehye Boateng was officially expelled together with Elvis Boakye Yiadom and Akwasi Amofa who were said to be his accomplices when he accused the Okyehene Osagyefo Ofori Panin II, last year, of engaging in illegal mining in the area.
To symbolise their banishment, a sheep was slaughtered and three trees which symbolised the three people were planted in the royal mausoleum as signs to the future generation, that they were no longer part of the royal family.
The three, whose names were cancelled from the royal family, are not to attend or participate in any funeral gathering or other social activities in the traditional area.
They would also not to be buried in the royal mausoleum or on any part of Okyeman, and would not be allowed to associate with any member of the family or persons from Okyeman.
Anybody from the area seen to be associating with them, would be summond to answer for his action.
Speaking to the Ghanaian Times, the Okyeman State Lawyer, Kwame Acheampong Boateng, said Odehye Boateng, who was found guilty for falsely accusing the Okyehene, was summoned before the council last year, where he was fined a total of 72 sheep and 36 cartons of schnapps to pacify the stool for his action.
He said that on the said date when Odehye Boateng was supposed to meet the Council, he refused to attend the meeting and later came to slaughter a sheep in front of the Ofori Panin Fie to symbolize the destoolment of the Okyehene, a ritual which could only be performed by the kind makers.
The council, together with all the chiefs met to officially banish him and his two accomplices from the area.
Responding to the news when contacted by the Times on phone, Odehye Boateng said his banishment was news to him, adding that “the council has not officially called me to inform me about its decision”.
He described his banishment as a ‘joke’, adding that he presented evidence to all the allegations he made to prove his case and so there was no justification for his fine.
It is recalled that in November, last year, Odehye Boateng, supported by his two other accomplices, were said to have gone on an Accra-based radio station and accused the Okyehene of engaging in illegal mining activities in the area.
He was said to have invoked the Okyeman Ntamkese which belongs to the Okyehene as the final arbitrator of the oath..
Later, he went to slaughter a sheep in front of the Ofori Panin fie to symbolize the destoolment of the okyerehene, and when he was asked to appear before the traditional council, he refused.
The Council found him guilty on three counts of falsely accusing the Okyehene, refusing to appear before the traditional council and wrongfully invoking the Okyeman Ntamkese, and imposed a fine of 72 sheet and 36 cartons of schnapps which were to be used to pacify the stool, but he has since refused to pay.