Land fraud: Otumfuo refers destooled chief to police for prosecution

In a recent and significant turn of events, Nana Kwaku Duah III, the destooled Chief of Abuontem, finds himself facing even more dire consequences as he has been referred to the police for prosecution.

This decision comes in the wake of his destoolment by the Kumasi Traditional Council, presided over by Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, on charges of illegal land sales, assault on his own elders, and other related offenses.

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The dramatic and highly publicized proceedings unfolded on Monday, August 21, 2023, as Nana Kwaku Duah III stood before the Kumasi Traditional Council to answer for his alleged misdeeds.

During this process, he was granted ample time and opportunity to explain himself and appeal for leniency, but the verdict ultimately found him guilty.

Consequently, he was promptly destooled and stripped of all privileges, in strict accordance with the customs and traditions of the Asante people.

This incident underscores the increasing efforts by traditional authorities in Ghana to address the persistent issues of land fraud and illegal land sales that have plagued various communities.

Such activities have often led to disputes, conflicts, and tensions among community members. Traditional leaders are taking a decisive stance against chiefs involved in unacceptable or illegal acts, especially in the realm of land dealings.

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has demonstrated a commitment to upholding the customs and values of the Asante people, including the fair and just management of land resources.

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This recent move to refer Nana Kwaku Duah III to the police for prosecution serves as a clear message that accountability will be demanded from those who engage in actions contrary to the customs and principles that guide traditional leadership.

In light of this development, it remains to be seen how the legal proceedings will unfold for the destooled chief. Nevertheless, it signals a renewed determination to combat land-related misconduct and to preserve the integrity of traditional leadership in Ghana.

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