Odike: Manhyia orders Oyerepa radio station to shut down over Galamsey allegations

  • Oyerepa FM in Ashanti Region ran into trouble after popular politician Odike made allegations against traditional rulers deemed damaging
  • Odike had claimed that the chiefs are behind the galamsey activities in the area because their destructive activities persist in their backyard
  • The Kumasi Traditional Council said that because Oyerepa FM had given the politician his platform to make the damaging allegations, he had to shut down even though the station had apologized.

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A fledgling radio station in Kumasi, the Ashanti regional capital, has been ordered to close following popular politician Odike’s allegations against the region’s traditional rulers.

Akwasi Addai (Odike) had alleged that chiefs in the area were behind the illegal mining, known as galamsey. He said that was the reason why their destructive galamsey activities were progressing in their backyard.

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Akwasi Addai Odike
Akwasi Addai ‘Odike’ is a politician and businessman. Source: UGC
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Odike, also a businessman, had says Oyerepa FM that he would lead a large demonstration against the chiefs and the Manhyia Palace, the seat of Ashanti Sovereignty.

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Offended by the comments, Manhyia banned Odike and ordered him to recant and apologize for the allegation, but he refused.

And on Thursday, August 25, 2022, when a delegation from Oyerepa FM traveled to Manhyia to calm down the chiefs and apologize for Odike’s remarks, the Kumasi Traditional Council ordered the station shut down.

Acting Chairman of the Council, Baffuor Amankwatia VI, the Bantamahene, said that because Oyerepa FM gave Odike the platform to make the damaging allegations, the station must shut down.

“If you want Manhyia to grant you a hearing, you must close your radio station from Friday August 26th until the outstanding issue is resolved. Otherwise, we will not take it lightly when you appear before us. again,” Joy News quoted the Bantamahene.

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Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh Previously reported that Odike, founder and leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP), narrowly escaped death on Monday August 22, 2022.

Gunmen reportedly attacked his office at Patase in the Ashanti regional capital, Kumasi. In the ensuing melee, cars parked outside the office were vandalized.

The businessman-turned-politician is in a row with Manhyia Palace after accusing area chiefs of failing to help end the ‘galamsey’ threat.

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Source: YEN.com.gh

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