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Court sets aside injunction on Ga queen mother’s funeral

Naa Omaedru, 88, was known in private life as Naa Dedei Ablah. She was installed as Ga manye in 1963 at the age of 29

The Accra high court has set aside an injunction placed on the funeral of the late Ga manye (Queen mother)  Naa Dedei Omaedru III, whose burial is taking place on Saturday (28 October).

Justice Patrick Baayeh on Thursday (26 October) ruled that the initial restraining order was done in error because the applicants “failed to give the court the true state of affairs.”

“Upon reading the affidavit filed by the applicants and deposed to by the 1st defendant/applicant, I am of the view that the order of interim injunction granted on 25 October 2023 was made in error. The applicants failed to give the court the true state of affairs,” Baayeh said in his ruling.

“In fairness to the parties therefore the order of interim injunction granted on 25 October 2023 is hereby set aside,” he added.

The Ga traditional council has already begun processes leading to the burial and has directed businesses to close on Saturday (28 October) for the final rite.

“This is an amendment to our previous notice of 4 September 2023. The Ga Traditional Council has determined that shops and markets within Accra should be closed on Saturday, the 28th of October 2023 only and not from the 26th of October to the 29th of October 2023 to the 31st of October 2023 as previously announced,” a statement issued by the council said.

“In addition, it is required that all markets, shops and offices in Accra should be draped in red and black, our mourning colours from the 15 October to 31 October 2023. We respectfully urge everyone to comply fully with this announcement,” it added.

Background

Naa Omaedru, 88, was known in private life as Naa Dedei Ablah. She was installed Ga Manye in 1963 when she was 29.

She passed away at her Dansoman residence, surrounded by her loved ones, on 26 December 2022.

Credits

During her reign, Naa Omaedru was credited with devoting her life selflessly to public and voluntary service and championing important issues crucial to peace, education and opportunities for young people, especially the girl-child.

These include seeking the welfare of the girl-child and women to safeguard their future, setting a remarkable example of leadership to queen mothers in the Ga State.

She also stood for peace and unity and promoted these, among not only the people of the Ga State but also all Ghanaians, and advocated a united approach to the meaningful development of her people.

Charity

Naa Omaedru was noted for her charity work.

In 2004, she donated items worth US$12 million to the Ghana Society of the Physically Disabled at the Ghana National Rehabilitation Centre in Accra.

 

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