By Samuel Duodu, Techiman.
THE Omanhene of Techiman Traditional Area, Oseadeeyo Akumfi Ameyaw II has debunked claims in the media that he was present at his palace when the Omanhene of Tuobodom Nana Asare Baffour was arrested at Wenchi and sent there.
Techimanhene, who is also a banker, said he was at his office in Sunyani when he was informed that the Omanhene of Tuobodom had been sent to his palace at Techiman and therefore quickly called the police to pick him up and further instructed other members of the Techiman Traditional Council to contact the Techiman Municipal Police Commander to ensure that the right thing was done.
He stated further that he also informed the Regional Police Commander of the unfolding scenario, but before his team reached Techiman, the Municipal Police Commander had already put the Omanhene of Tuobodom behind bars.
“Therefore, there was nothing like a rescue operation or kidnapping as being misrepresented by the media. Even through I am not a lawyer by profession, I am aware that according to the Criminal Code, citizens have the right to arrest any suspect.
“This was exactly what those he conspired to murder did,” the Techimanhene stated.
Addressing a press conference at his palace in Techiman last Tuesday, Oseadeeyo Ameyaw said when the Omanhene of Tuobodom was detained by the Police, his lawyer, Nana Obiri Boahen, a former Minister of State, allegedly went on radio stations to incite a section of the people of Tuobodom who eventually took arms, attacked and killed Kwasi Takyi, a nephew of the rival chief of Tuobodomhene, Nana Obeng Ameyaw, who owes allegiance to Techiman.
He added that the unfortunate situation sparked the current conflict and noted that all the confusion were tactics employed by the lawyer to cover up the actual crime by the Paramount Chief in Tuobodom.
“As for the statement of Asantehene, the least said about it, the better. On second thought, some of us would like to believe that the Asantehene had been misinformed about the whole issue and decided to swallow whatever he heard, hook line and sinker. That is why he has been insulting me,” the Techimanhene stated.
“We have decided to watch him from the sidelines with sadness, because he has allowed himself to be misled,” he said.
Oseadeeyo Ameyaw observed that leadership in whatever sphere of life must be used to uplift society to bring about progress, to help colleagues, peers, friends and, indeed, everybody to achieve their life goals and objectives to ensure peaceful co-existence.
“Our duty as citizens is to assist the police to enforce the law. If the Asantehene is stating that he will catch me, I leave everything to the security services to decide, because I am a law-abiding citizen and the last thing I will do is to threaten the life of an innocent citizen,” Oseadeeyo Ameyaw added.
The Techimanhene also appealed to the media to be circumspect in any reportage about the Tuobodom stand-off and allow reasoning and the truth to prevail.
He added that the chiefs and people of Techiman believed in ‘jaw jaw’ rather than ‘war war’, that was why they had always resorted to the law court to seek redress in matters of the Tuobodom issue.