Nene Paddy Tsokpor I, Chief of Abekope in the Prampram Traditional Area, has rubbished posters and news of his demise.
At a brief presser at Mataheko, near Afienya in the Ningo-Prampram District, Nene Tsokpor I said he was surprised to learn that his funeral and burial services had been scheduled for this weekend.
“Several telephone calls I have received from families and loved ones from home and abroad said they had seen posters and read on online portals that I am dead, and that I would be interred this weekend.
“This is strange to me, and knowing the people behind this irresponsible news that has gone viral, I have the support of my kinsmen and family to announce to the world that the 65-year-old Nene Paddy Tsokpor I, Chief of Abekope, is alive and kicking. Everybody must disregard the news of my burial before death,” Nene Tsokpor I announced.
He said he had officially written to the Prampram Traditional Council, drawing its attention to the matter and reminding it of the lingering issues that had led to the fabricated news of his demise.
In brief, Nene Paddy Tsokpor I said his strong stance against the wanton illegal sale of the Abekope family land and the engagement of land guards by a clan member, whose name he had presented to the Prampram Traditional Council, had birthed the antagonism against him.
He said he had been looking forward to the Traditional Council calling both parties to sit on the matter, yet that was not forthcoming, “and I do not know what is holding the people I pay allegiance to, to call the matter.”
Land litigation and illegal activities of land guards are not uncommon in the Prampram Traditional Area, and with two prominent sons of the soil meeting their untimely death in view of this, Nene Tsokpor I said he would report to the District Police Command to provide him with security to enable him have his freedom of movement.
Nene Paddy Tsokpor I said he was enstooled Chief of Abekope in 1992 and was gazetted in 2017, “and I repeat, my allegiance is to the Prampram Traditional Council.”
To end with his delivery, he urged his family and loved ones to remain calm, as he resorted to the proper means to get all the grievances in the area settled amicably.