Man who cut down 300-year-old Okomfo Anokye tree denies knowledge

The principal suspect in the Okomfo Anokye tree case has denied knowing anything about any involvement in the 300-year-old tree’s fall.

This tree, which was planted several years ago, has great historical value for the Asante Kingdom.

The locals who reside next to this revered tree also turn to it for medicinal remedies. The individual, who is presently unnamed, was hauled before the Atasemanso court in Kumasi on Wednesday after being taken into custody by the police. He filed a not guilty plea.

The hearing date for this petition is November 23, 2023.

The Feyiase cola tree, also known as Okomfo Anokye Bese, is said to have been hacked down in the middle of the night by an unidentified assailant. With its stump deeply embedded in the Kumasi Atonsu – Lake Bosomtwe road, the tree is presently immovable.

After reporting this occurrence to Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, the Feyiase Akoyem traditional council is waiting for further action, which can involve customary rites.

This unique tree, which yields unusual black and white cola nuts, was protected for many years not only by the people of Feyiase Akoyem, a respected Ashanti village in the Bosomtwe District, but also by a wall that kept off intruders.

The Feyiase Akoyem Traditional Council and the police have joined forces in their quest to locate the individuals responsible for felling this historic cola tree, which was originally planted by the revered Chief Priest of the Asante, Okomfo Anokye.

Planted three centuries ago, it is believed that this cola tree sprouted after the esteemed chief priest, Okomfo Anokye, spat on the ground while chewing a cola nut during his journey through the community.

This sacred tree is believed to possess mystical powers capable of curing infertility and healing individuals afflicted with various ailments and spiritual curses. The Feyiase community is renowned for hosting some of Asante’s most significant historical events, including their battle against the Denkyiras in the 17th century.

Earlier, JoyNews reported that the police have apprehended one suspect to aid in the investigation regarding the felling of the renowned cola tree in Feyiase, which holds historical significance to Komfo Anokye.

On Tuesday morning, the residents of Feyiase, located in the Bosomtwe district of the Ashanti region, were met with a distressing sight as they discovered that the iconic tree had been cut down by unidentified culprits.

The residents are accusing a pastor of being involved in this unfortunate incident, claiming that he enticed the perpetrators with money to carry out the act, as he considered the tree to be “fetish”.Ezoic

It has come to the attention of JoyNews that the Feyiase Akoyem traditional council has reported the incident to Asantehene, Otumfour Osei Tutu II, and is now awaiting further actions, which may include traditional rituals.

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