Photos: From Top The Paramount Chief of the Enyan Abaasa Traditional Area, Osagyefo Kwamena Akonu And The Already Sold Disputed Land Currently Under Construction
Assemblyman Of Enyan Abaasa
There was intense drama amidst shocking revelations at the Enyan Abaasa Paramount Chief’s Palace located in the Ajumako-Enyan-Esiam District of the Central Region of Ghana on Sunday December 3rd 2023.
This was when the Nana Dzaase, who was appointed by Paramount Chief of the Enyan Abaasa Traditional Area, Osagyefo Kwamena Akonu, openly confessed at a palace arbitration gathering and admitted selling a parcel of land located near the community market belonging to the Yego Royal Family Gate.
The town of Enyan Abaasa is predominantly a farming community, located in the Ajumako-Enyan-Esiam District of the Central Region of Ghana.
The land in question at the community market centre has been sold to a private investor, who is currently based in the USA for the construction of a supermarket, which the Yego Royal Gate Family had long resisted.
The continuous opposition staged by the Yego Family against the sale of the land, keeps inviting the anger of one of the most rigid power-drunk Paramount Chief Osagyefo Kwamena Akonu upon themselves.
This has led the Chief Akonu to suspend the Royal seat of the Yego Royal Family at the Palace and banned them from participating in events and accessing some basic life services in Enyan Abaasa required to facilitate daily living.
The Chief has also been accused of alleged reckless bullying of community members at the least expression of ideas and opinions that do not side with his dictates.
Residents and inhabitants have on several occasions opposed his authoritarian behaviours, alleged corruption, and total disregard for the well-being of the community.
Reacting to these allegations Chief Akonu said “These allegations are laughable and do not carry any weight.
I stand for discipline and I won’t allow anybody to misbehave in this respected Enyan Abaasa community of ours.
They claim I have sold huge acres of land; my Dear journalists did you see any huge acres of land when you visited the site? This is a 12 X 12 plot of land and I want to make it clear here at the Palace as I sit here as the Paramount Chief Osagyefo Kwamena Akonu, Yego Family doesn’t own any land around here.
Mr. Journalist better find something better to do with your time, we believe in law and order; we operate, rule and are guided by the Chieftaincy Act. A lot of families have released lands that have benefitted and continue to benefit the community people.
We have used these lands to build schools, hospitals and other things but when it gets to the turn of Yego to make way for Development you say you won’t allow.
The Yego Family are even lucky to have received some payment. How many families even get compensation when lands are sold?
The land they are claiming ownership doesn’t belong to any Yego Family member. The land was officially taken from the family so many years ago and it now belongs to the Enyan Abaasa traditional township.
A lot of people have attempted to destroy me but I can assure them that they have failed. I had 15 people rising against me through all kinds of hidden agenda and I can assure Quansah and his Yego Family that this agenda is an exercise in futility. “
Checks had indicated that the land in question has been under litigation for some years now and was being claimed by its original owners the Yego Royal Gate Family.
Some investigative Journalists got wind of the Enyan-Abaasa land issues that have long created unnecessary royal tensions and decided to dig into the matter.
Nana Dzaase stated during the probing by the journalists on Sunday at the Palace that:
“Yes, we sold the parcel of land in front of the Enyan Abaasa Community Market for GHC1,800 (Old Currency 18 Million Cedis) but the Family Head who represented the Yego Family knew about this transaction. I work for Osagyefo Kwamena Akonu and he was also aware of the transaction. The Yego Family Head Ebusuapanyin was given GHC600 as their share or compensation on behalf of the Yego family. The Queenmother of the Yego Royal Gate, Obaahema Nana Kwebu is also aware of the sale of the land.”
The Queenmother of the Yego Royal Gate, Obaahema Nana Kwebu, who also appeared before the Palace arbitration narrated that the entire market area was given to the Methodist Church by Yego’s ancestors.
“The concession was used as a cemetery by the Methodist Church but it was later handed over to the Yego Family and the Yego Family owns it till date. On what I know about the sale of the land, I remember my Ebusuapanyin brought some money to the family but he refused to mention where it came from. It was later that I got to know upon my invitation by my Ebusuapanyin to come to the Palace for some discussions,” Obaahema Nana Kwebu recounted.
However, media investigations revealed that the land was sold by Nana Dzaase through the connivance of the Yego Family Head (Ebusuapanyin) without the entire consent of the custodians of the land, the Yego Royal Gate.
The Yego Ebusuapanyin is currently battling some chronic sickness and has since remained incapacitated to follow or even talk about the land matters.