OTUMFUO’S REGALIA STOLEN …in a hotel room in Norway
When Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, packed his precious regalia left behind for him by his great ancestors and emplaned for Oslo, Norway, on the invitation of the latter’s foreign ministry, little did he realise that he would come home safely, but without those regalia.
To the astonishment of the great King and embarrassment of his host, the precious jewelry have been stolen from his hotel room, leaving ‘King Solomon’, as he is popularly known in Kumasi, in a dilemma as to whether to attend this morning’s conference, which he is billed to address, or not.
A google translation of the report carried by VG Nett, a Norwegian news outlet, yesterday indicated that the theft occurred around 2:00 p.m. yesterday at the plush Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel in Oslo, but the police got to scene around 3:00 p.m. after they had been hinted about the burglary.
According to Marious Erlandsen, the investigator in the case, the police had secured surveillance photos showing that a person went out of the hotel lobby with the suitcase that had been reported stolen.
The Chief Executive Officer of (CEO) of Eivind Fjeldstad, the Norwegian-African Business Association (NABA) which organised the conference dubbed Norwegian-African Business Summit 2012, and which is being attended by the Ashanti Royal, expressed regret over the incident.
As the host of His Majesty, we think this is terribly sad.
We know that this has great symbolic value to him, Fjeldstad told VG Nett. Sources told The Chronicle that the stolen items were worth thousands of euros.
Tarje Hellebust, President of the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, refused to comment on the theft and referred reporters to the police, The Chronicle gathered. Otumfuo’s delegation also refused to make any public comment when reporters contacted them over the issue.
A foreign ministry spokesman, Kjetil Elsebutangen, admitted in an interview that his outfit was responsible for Otumfuo’s visits, but did not comment as to whether the Norwegian government would pay for the stolen items or not.
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