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Barefooted Kwasi Addai Odike at the Manhyia court, Kumasi, with thesheep (inserted)

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THE 2012 PRESIDENTIAL candidate of the United Front Party (UFP), Akwasi Addai, popularly called Odike, was yesterday ordered to pay a fine of 24 sheep by the traditional court of the Asantehemaa, for invoking a curse in Asanteman, which has been outlawed.

Appearing before the Asantehemaa court barefooted, Odike admitted to the offence and he was summarily ordered to pay a fine of 24 sheep.

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has strictly banned the invocation of river deities in his traditional area, particularly the dreaded Antoa Nyama River goddess.

Therefore anyone who breaches this order would incur the wrath of the Ashanti King.

Odike was cited for traditional contempt after he openly admitted to invoking three powerful river deities, including Antoa Nyama to curse Kojo Bonsu, the Chief Executive of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) and the Asokwahene, Nana Fe- Baamoah II over the destruction of his property.

He was consequently asked to provide 24 sheep for cursing Kojo Bonsu and Nana Fe- Baamoah II.

The sheep would be slaughtered to pacify the gods before the curse could be overturned and subsequently revoked.

But the UFP leader, who admitted his guilt, pleaded with the court, presided over by Nana Ama Agyeman, the Asantehemaa Gyasehemaa and Queenmother of Atonsu Esereso, to reduce the fine, a plea which was eventually granted.

The court later reduced the fine, directing him to provide 12 sheep instead.

The DAILY GUIDE learnt each sheep would cost about GH?500.

Before being convicted and fined for contempt, Nana Ama Agyeman lambasted Odike for using schnapps, eggs and a fowl to curse the two gentlemen.

Odike was hauled before the Asantehemaa?s traditional court at the Manhyia Palace by Kojo Bonsu, for invoking the spirits of river deities to deal drastically with him over the demolition of a Drivers? and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) testing office complex, which was under construction at Asokwa in Kumasi.

Kojo Bonsu was represented at the court by his sister, Nana Afia Kobi, who said the Kumasi Mayor had travelled and given her the consent to represent him.

The Asokwahene joined the proceedings at the last minute, which Odike vehemently resisted, arguing that the case was brought against him by Kojo Bonsu and not the Asokwahene.

After a heated debate, the court ruled that since Odike had admitted to cursing the Asokwahene as well, it was prudent for Nana Fe-Baamoah II to join the proceedings.

The court therefore adjourned the case involving Kojo Bonsu and Odike to a later date.

During cross-examination of the Asokwahene by Odike, the UFP leader explained that the Asokwahene stabbed him in the back over the contentious land, ?so I was forced to curse him with anger and pain in my heart.?

He said the Asokwahene initially played a leading role in helping him secure the land, adding that he duly paid for the cost of the land to Nana Fe- Baamoah II in instalments through a Stanbic account.

Odike claimed Nana Fe- Baamoah, after selling the land to him, clandestinely resold it to a white businessman.

This, he said, forced him to invoke curses on him, pleading with the traditional court to forgive him for breaching Otumfuo?s order not to curse in Asanteman.

On his part, the Asokwahene flatly debunked

Odike?s accusations that he took steps to reclaim the land from him, stressing that he had no hand in the demolition of the property.

The court, after listening to both parties, found Odike guilty of invoking a curse in Asanteman.

He was consequently ordered to proceed to Antoa to revoke the curse.

It also reprimanded the Asokwahene for double standards in the sale of the said land at Asokwa.

The court told Odike that he could file a case against the Asokwahene over the sale of the land.

FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi

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