In a dramatic turn of events during the funeral rites for the late Berekumhene, Daasebre Dr Amankona Diawuo II, tensions rose as the Paramount Chief of the Dormaa Traditional Area, Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Nana Agyemang Badu II, was barred from participating in the burial proceedings.
Reports indicate that a Sunyani High Court granted an injunction on the day of the main funeral gathering, preventing Nana Agyeman Badu II from attending. This legal action was initiated by Osabarima Kyere Yeboah Darteh II of the Berekum Traditional Council, expressing concerns about potential disruptions to peace due to conflicting attendance plans during the burial.
The court’s decision follows the Dormaahene’s intention to attend the burial simultaneously with the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, a move that prompted the legal intervention to prevent possible clashes.
In a video address to his subjects, Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Nana Agyemang Badu II expressed gratitude for what he termed as a divine intervention. He acknowledged that the situation could have turned ugly given the apparent preparations for confrontations. He cited the absence of the popular song ‘biribii be si’ (something is going to happen) and ‘omoo popo’ (they are trembling) as indicators that the day might have ended differently.
The Dormaahene referenced popular social media personality Twene Jonas, known for his advocacy for truth, stating, “Twene Jonas, the young man who comes on the internet, usually says, ‘the truth will defeat lies.’ When I state my position and he also comes with his, we can synthesize and know who is truthful.”
In an earlier viral video, the Dormaahene expressed that while he is not disturbed by the turn of events, he would forever remember them. He revealed that government officials, including the Minister for National Security and the Minister for Chieftaincy, had contacted him, but he remains resolute in his position.