After failing to meet a 14-day ultimatum to replace a statue he destroyed, the Paramount Chief of New Juaben Traditional Council, Daasebre Prof. Oti Boateng has been sued by children of the late Prince Yao Boateng.

Joined in the suit, is the New Juaben South Municipal Assembly.

The suit is scheduled for Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at the Koforidua High Court.

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.

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.

It explained that the decision to forcibly pull down the statue was necessitated by failure of the children of the late Oheneba Yao Boateng to remove the statue after they promised to do so and apologised upon being summoned to the palace on February 5, 2021, by the Council.

Family sues Daasebre Oti Boateng for failing to replace a statue he destroyed

However, in a letter to the Traditional Council and a copy to the Paramount Chief 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.

There are laid down procedures by the law that one ought to follow with regard to issues that call for destruction or demolition, 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, Metropolitan and District Assemblies (MMDAs), not the Traditional Council.