The superior Court of Appeal in Accra presided over by His Lordship Justice Amadu Tanko, Justice Barbara Akayensu and His Lordship Justice Oppong has declared Akwanor Royal family as the custodian owner of Ashalaja in Accra after 17 years of chieftaincy and land dispute.
Reading the verdict, Justice Amadu Tanko who is among the three judges noted that, the self acclaimed chief of Ashalaja Nii Adams Arde is not the Akwanor Royal family but from Adams Arde family who originated from Winneba in the Central Region.
The Court of Appeal has however warned Nii Adams Arde to desist from parading himself as chief of Ashalaja.
The Head of family for Akwanor Royal family Abusuapanyin, Mintah Ackaah speaking in an interview with this reporter after the court verdict explained that, the embattled chief has over 17 years tormented people with land guards, forged documents, fraud alot of people and parading himself as the chief of Ashalaja in the Ga South Municipality of Greater Accra Region.
The chieftaincy dispute between Akwanor Royal family and the Adams Arde family was arraigned before the Accra High court in 2003 and Adams Arde family lost but they went further to the Court of Appeal and lose the suit again today,” he said.
According to the lawyer for the family, Mr Robert Pappoe the case was ruled against the defendants in the High Court but the defendants in the matter have appealed against the High Court judgment.
He stated that that it has taken about one year-two months for the Court of Appeal to deliver its judgment on Thursday June 25, 2020 in favour of his clients (plaintiffs).
The lawyer mentioned that even though the Court of Appeal didn’t gave the reasons for delivery the judgment in the favour of the plaintiffs, he thinks we have won the case and we are victorious.”
He noted that”we would wait for the certified judgment to be given to them by the court and when we read it we would see the reasons that the court has given judgement in favour of us.”
“I want to state that our opponents appeal has been dismissal by the Cpurt of Appeal and we are victorious, l think that is all,” the lawyer stressed in an interview with the journalists.
Moreover, the divisional chief for Ashalaja Nii Akwanor ii has called for peace and tranculity to prevail in the area after 17 years of chieftaincy disputes.
“We need development such as hospitals, portable drinking water and other basic social amenities,” he stressed.