Antoa chiefs to invoke curses

Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II

Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II

CUSTODIANS of the “strong room” of the powerful deity, Antoa Nyama, in the Kwabre East District of Ashanti, which was raided by thieves, have threatened to invoke the deity to deal with the culprits.

Gold ornaments and other valuables worth thousands of Cedis, were stolen from the house, which police said yesterday, was near the chief’s palace and served as ‘warehouse’ for ornaments of the royal family.

“Anyone connected to the incident should own up to avoid any mishap, or we will invoke curses and bring shame onto them,” they stated.

The Chief custodian gave the warning yesterday, after a 30-minute meeting with the Overlord of the Asante Kingdom, the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.

They had gone to Manhyia to officially inform the Otumfuo about the theft of the gold ornaments.

This comes barely 24 hours after The Ghanaian Times broke the news of an unprecedented act of stealing from the ‘strong room’ of the deity.

The 15-member entourage was dressed in black traditional mourning cloth, signifying that the theft of the ornaments was a big blow to them.

The mention of Antoa Nyama invokes fear in some people, as the deity is used to invoke curses on offenders.

Antoa, near Kenyasi in the Kwabre District of Ashanti, hosts the shrine of the deity, Nyama, and a number of people, some from other continents, visit there to seek favours and to solve personal problems.

The Ghanaian Times yesterday, broke the story of thieves ransacking the strong room, stealing the gold ornaments and other valuables.

The incident was said to have occurred on November 17, but the custodians were tight-lipped until The Ghanaian Times carried the story yesterday.

Six people in charge of the ‘strong room’ have been arrested by the police in connection with the act.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Emmanuel Adu Boahen, Kenyasi District Police Commander, who confirmed the incident to the Ghanaian Times on Wednesday, said the theft was strange, judging from the location of the ‘strong room’.

DSP Adu Boahen said the suspects had been granted police enquiry bail to assist in investigations, but would not give their names.

Later yesterday, however, DSP Adu Boahen told newsmen that the theft occurred in a house near the chief’s palace which served as a ‘warehouse’ for the royal family.

He said the house was far from the Antoa river body.

Some sources at the shrine told The Ghanaian Times that people hardly went into the ‘strong room’, and that the last time the chief custodian visited there, was four years ago.

From Kingsley E. Hope, Kumasi

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