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The Agbawe Royal Family of Oyarifa has reiterated that the Djaase of Oyarifa has not nominated, selected nor installed Michael Okpoti as the chief of Oyarifa let alone, to talk of outdooring and swearing.

“We must emphasise that the act of procession into the town on the 24th October, 2023 in a Rambo warlike style is a breach of the Public Order Act, breach of the peace enjoying in Oyarifa and has the tendency to cause fear and panic and also to disrupt lawful economic activities in the community. We have taken appropriate steps as required by law to injunct this unlawful act”.

This came to light at a joint press conference presented on behalf of the Agbawe Royal Family of Oyarifa, by the Chairman of the Royal family, Nii Kwei Adjei in Accra yesterday.

The Agbawe Royal Family is therefore, calling on President Akufo-Addo, Inspector-General of Police (IGP), the Regional, Divisional and District Commanders to act fast to forestall any bloody clash in the town.

Below is the full press statement:

JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE BY THE ROYAL FAMILY OF OYARIFA AGBAWE COMPRISING OYARIFA OWUSU WE ASUA WE AWUA We, OTOPA WE AND KPOBI WE ON THE 26T4 OCTOBER 2023 AT OYARIFA

COMMUNITY CENTRE

Ladies and gentlemen of the media, chiefs, elders and kinsmen of Oyarifa Sathered here, we greet you and welcome you to this important press conference,

We have invited you here at such a short notice to address an unfortunate development in respect of the Oyarifa Stool. In consonance with Articles 11 and 277 of the 1992 Constitution, the nomination, selection and enstoolment of the Chief of Oyarifa has always been done according to the customary law and practice of the people of Oyarifa. In effect, it is the Djaase (Kingmakers) headed

by the Djaasetse (Chairman of the Kingmakers) who have the legitimate right as backed by law to nominate, select and enstool the Chief of Oyarifa anytime the stool becomes vacant.

We, the Djaase of Oyarifa, the family heads of Owusu We, Asua We, Awua We, Otopa We And Kpobi We and the good people of Oyarifa wish to inform the general public particularly the people of Oyarifa that one Michael Okpoti has not been nominated, Selected nor enstooled as chief of Oyarifa pending outdooring.

To the utter dismay of the chiefs, elders and good people of Oyarifa, an unknown group of “landguards’ numbering about 60 thugs riding on motorbikes beseeched the OYarifa town clad in war regalia firing gunshots into the air jndiscriminately on Tuesday, 24th October, 2023 around 9:00pm. When we enquired to know what was h@PPening, it was whispered that Michael Okpoti Who is the son of Nij Mensah Kodia claims he has been nominated, elected and enstooled as the chief of Oyarifa Pending outdooring so the display of the act of War was to forewarn the people Of Oyarifa ahead of the purported outdooring and Swearing.

We wish to reiterate that the Djaase of Oyarifa has not nominated, selected nor installed Michael Okpoti as the chief of Oyarifa let alone to talk of outdooring and swearing. We must emphasise that the act of procession into the town on the 24th October, 2023 in a Rambo warlike style is a breach of the Public Order Act, breach of the peace we are enjoying in Oyarifa and has the tendency to cause fear and panic and also to disrupt lawful economic activities in the community. We have taken appropriate steps as required by law to injunct this unlawful act. Meanwhile, we hereby call on the President of the Republic, Inspector-General of Police, the Regional, Divisional and District Commanders to act with dispatch to forestall any bloody clash in the town today onwards.

We thank you.

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