New Juaben Traditional Council demolish a statue erected without the authority of the Paramount Chief


The New Juaben Traditional Council in the Eastern Region has warned against acts of indiscipline by the people in the area.

This followed the erection of a statue at the main roundabout from the paramount chief’s palace by children of one Oheneba Yaw Boateng, son of a late paramount chief of the traditional area, Nana Kwaku Boateng I, who ruled from 1913 to 1930.

Consequently, the traditional council last Tuesday, demolished the said statue which the council described as illegal, disrespectful and an affront to the council.

Reasons given by the council and confirmed by the Registrar, Mr Maxwell Asante, said the statue was erected without the authority of the Paramount Chief, Dasebre Oti Boateng, which was considered gross disrespect to the paramount chief who is the occupant of the Yiadom – Hwedie Stool, as well as the overlord of the New Juaben Traditional Council.

According to the council, Oheneba Yaw Boateng, who was not a royal from the Yiadom-Hwedie Royal Stool, derived his status as Oheneba from his father, Nana Kwaku Boateng I.

“One would have expected the children of Oheneba Yaw Boateng, who erected the statue to exercise due diligence and circumspection by first considering their grandfather, Nana Kwaku Boateng for the honour rather than his son ‘Prince Yaw Boateng’ displayed boldly on the said statue, which is also considered very offensive to the Akan customary practice and usage. The said inscription is a dirty trick to deceive the public,” the council said.