Manhyia shuts down Oyerepa FM Over Odike’s comments

A former presidential aspirant in the last general elections on the ticket of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Akwasi Addai ‘Odike’ has caused the wrath of chief Osei Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II for comments he made about him and his sub-chiefs on Oyerepa Radio. 

Odike criticized Ashanti Chiefs for failing to end the illegal mining menace in the Ashanti Region in a recent interview on Oyerepa Radio.

For this reason, the private radio station that operates in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana has been shut down indefinitely.

The acting president of the Kumasi Traditional Council, who also doubles as Bantamahene, Baffour Amankwatia VI gave orders for the station which has a subsidiary TV station to be shut down over this development.

Although a delegation from Oyerepa Radio and TV appeared before the traditional council to render an apology over the comments made by Odike, the chiefs were still adamant and said an apology is not enough.

Odike was said to have also charged the youth to rise up and demonstrate against chiefs if the traditional rulers fail to come clear on their roles in or stance against illegal mining.

The traditional leaders described his comment was described as distasteful and unsubstantiated, meant to dent the image of Manhyia.

Some chiefs of the Kumasi Traditional Council on Friday performed rituals and slaughtered a ram to ostensibly banish Odike from Manhyia.

The chiefs consider their words of Odike as disrespectful hence he should have no business at Manhyia.


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