The Eastern Regional Police Command is deploying about 400 police personnel for the final funeral rite of the late Paramount Chief of New Juaben Daasebre Prof. Emeritus Oti Boateng and the late Queen-mother Nana Yaa Daani II.
The funeral rite begins today Friday, May 13, and ends on May 16, 2022.
Many dignitaries including President Akufo Addo, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, and other diplomats are expected to attend the funeral.
According to the Public Relations Officer of the Eastern Regional Police Command, DSP Ebenezer Tetteh, some of the personnel will be deployed from national to augment the strength of the local police to prevent crime and control traffic.
Meanwhile, the New Juaben South Municipal Director of Education Victor deGraft – Etsison has requested a temporal closure of both public and private schools in the Municipality due to the final funeral rites.
A letter written to the Eastern Regional Director of Education stated that “the New Juaben Traditional Council has indicated that the climax of the funeral period is Monday 16th of May, 2022. The final funeral rites come with all its features. The presence of top government officials, traditional rulers including His Majesty Otumfo Osei Tutu II , Asantehene, Executioners, gun shooting, ban on noise-making, closing of shops etc “.
Subsequent to the above, the Education Directorate writes, knowing well the curiosity and inquisitiveness of its pupils, to seek your permission to suspend all school sessions on the said day Monday, the 16th of May,2022 for both Public and private schools in the Municipal to avert any unforeseen circumstances and to offer its minimum respect to the traditional council during the said period. School sessions would, however, resume on Tuesday, the 17th of May, 2022” the letter concluded.
The Omanhene of New Juaben Traditional Area, Prof. Emeritus, Daasebre Oti Boateng passed on in August 2021 while the Queenmother died the first week of January 2022.
As part of the funeral rite, the New Juaben Traditional Council has placed one month ban on noise making and all other social and religious activities associated with noise-making ahead of the scheduled funeral on the 13th of May and 18th of May 2022.
Addressing the media on Monday, March 28, 2022, the Gyaasehene of New Juaben Traditional Area Nana Twumasi Darkwa said, as part of measures put in place to have a befitting burial ceremony “Doti yie” for the late Omanhene and queen mother, effective 18th April to 18 May 2022 there will be a ban on drumming, wedding, funeral, and any other activities which likely create noise in the New Juaben Traditional area.
He added the traditional council has again placed a ban on all brisk business activities in the new Juaben traditional area during the funeral with the exception of food sellers and chemicals shop operators.
He said anyone who defaults will have his or her goods seized by a task force that will go round to ensure compliance.