The Ekua Oyee family of Dedeiman has denied claims by the Chief of Dedeiman, Nana Oppong Odei I, that he is their head and representative.
In a rejoinder to a publication in some news outlets, including the Weekend New Crusading Guide and the Chronicle, Abusuapanyin Okyere Gyaba, the Head and Lawful Representative of the Ekua Oyee Family of Dedeiman, maintained that the family had not given Nana Oppong Odei I the right to represent them.
“We would like to state unequivocally that the Ekua Oyee Family hasn’t authorized or given any rights to Nana Oppong Odei I, Chief of Dedeiman, who falsely claims to be the head of the Ekua Oyee Family, to act on its behalf in the case or any other related matter,” Abusuapabyin Okyere Gyaba declared.
The Accra High Court, Land Division, Land Court One ruled on March 23, 2020 in suit no. LD/ 0761/2018 that the Ekua Oyee Family was the right owners of a 703 Acre land situated at Dedeiman, against claims by the Mpere family.
However, in the said publications, Nana Oppong Odei I, chief of Dedeiman, held himself out as the representative of the Ekua Oyee family.
This hasn’t gone down well with the family members who, through Abusuapanyin Okyere Gyaba, are cautioning the public against dealing with him in matters relating to the land under discussion.
“The Ekua Oyee Family has taken serious exception to that misrepresentation and would make use of all legal means available to stop Nana Oppong Odei I from holding himself out as such.
We are by this rejoinder warning any individual or group of persons dealing with him in all matters involving the said 703 acres of land, the subject of the High Court decision, to note that they are doing so at their own risk,” the family warned.
The family said it was putting measures in place to ensure that its rights are not in any way alienated by any person who has no locus in its affairs.
Dedeiman is a village in the Ga West Municipal Assembly of the Greater Accra region of Ghana, with a population between 2,000 and 3,000.
The Ekua Oyee and Mpere families have been fighting over who has rights over the 703 acres of land within the Dedeiman Township, leading to the ruling by the Accra High Court.