PRINCIPAL kingmakers and elders of Kokrobite Divisional Stool in Ga South Municipality under the Ngleshie Alata Traditional Council in Accra have maintained that Nii Ofei III is the only legitimate installed Chief of Kokrobite.
In this regard, they traditional office holders have called on the Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs to urgently impress upon the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to deal with what he described as the so-called lawful Attorney of Ardey Nkpa Family of Plerno/James Town in Accra, Mr Frank K Lewi, and self-seeking elders who want to drag the name of Nii Offei III or the Krokobite Stool into the mud.
Fuming with anger, the kingmakers discounted claims by members of Nii Ardey Nkpa Family of Plerno/James Town that Nii Offei III is the Caretaker Chief of Krokobite and not an Overlord of the area.
“We want to inform the general public that there is nothing like caretaker chief in Krokobite and that the only person who is recognised by the traditions and customs as the Chief or Overlord of Krokobite is Nii Offei III who was installed by the principal kingmaker, Nii Apeten Acquah.”
The kingmakers further stated that the claim by the NII Ardey Nkpa Family to the effect that the statutory declaration affected the late Chief of the area, Nii Offe II, and so does affect the current Chief of Krokobite, Nii Offe III, was not true and should be disregarded.
According to them, attempts by the Nii Arde Family of Kokrobite, led by Mr Frank K Lewi, to continue to discredit Nii Ofei III was unfortunate, and warned those behind such moves to seize.
In a strongly worded press statement to Ardey Nkpa Family, the aggrieved kingmakers stated that references to Nii Ofei IIl as a caretaker amounted to insult on his status as a sub-chief.
They pointed out that Nii Ofei III succeeded his father, Nii Ofei II after his legitimate election and installation in 2010, and called for at least, a “modicum of respect for him.”
The kingmakers again called on Nii Arde Nkpa We to put an end to the mudslinging of Nii Ofei III, failing which they will take appropriate legal action against them.
They explained that all the court judgements in connection with the chieftaincy issue in the area were generally declared in favour of Nii Offei III.
They made reference to the current court judgement on Monday, March 22, 2021 for which an Accra High Court presided over by Her Ladyship, Justice Mrs Olivia Obeng Owusua, slapped a fine of GH¢6,000.00 on the Head of Nii Arde Nkpa Family at Ga Plerno, Mr Daniel Nii Tagoe, and the Divisional Chief of Ga Plerno, Nii Arde Nkpa VII in a case on the same chieftaincy dispute.
According to them, it was the reason a cost awarded against the two respondents in favour of Nii Ofei III, in a judgement declared by Mrs Owusua on Monday, March 22, 2021, following a protracted Kokrobite chieftaincy dispute.
According to them, the case involved a chieftaincy dispute between Mr Daniel Nii Tagoe, and Nii Arde Nkpa VII—the respondents/plaintiffs versus the Divisional Chief of Kokrobite community—Nii Ofei III (the defendant).
The kingmakers and elders’ outburst was in reaction to claims published on the front page of New Crusading Guide on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, which the paper attributed the story to some individuals led by the lawful Attorney of Nii Arde Family of Kokrobite, Mr Frank K Lewil, who said that Nii Ofei III is the Caretaker Chief and not the Mantse (Chief) of Kokrobite.
However, this did not go down well with the kingmakers and elders of the area who held a counter press conference in Krokobite to set the records straight on the matter
They described the allegation against Nii Ofei III as “unacceptable, malicious, libelous, and an insult to the intelligence of the principal kingmakers and elders of Kokrobite.”
“For the records, we wish to say that, Nii Ofei III, who is the son of the late Kokrobite Chief, Nii Ofei II, was properly elected, nominated, and subsequently enstooled as the Kokrobite Mantse.
“…it is common knowledge in Ga customs and practices that, a chief should be enstooled by the principal kingmaker. The unchallenged Principal Kingmaker of Ngleshie Kokrobite who is Nii Apeten Acquah and the Krokobite Stool father of Krokobite Stool, Nii Arde Ansah II, before whom Nii Ofei III swore the traditional Oath of Allegiance at Kokrobite on July 19, 2010,” the kingmakers explained.
Nii Ofei III was subsequently inducted into Ngleshie Alata Traditional Council as the substantive Kokrobite Chief on February 2, 2016 by the Paramount Chief of James Town, Obrempong Nii Ababio V.
They revealed that the National House of Chiefs (NHCs) on December 13, gazetted Nii Ofei III and his gazzette brought a finality to the longstanding fight of who was the legitimate chief to ascend the throne of Kokrobite.
They noted the gazzete from the National House of Chiefs gives a legal backing to Nii Ofei III to be recognised as the traditionally and customary installed Divisional Chief of Kokrobite.
“To give the gazette a legal backing, the kingmakers, elders and head of Nii Ofei family of Kokrobite with the approval of members of Ngleshie Alata Traditional Council have taken Nii Ofei III to an Accra High Court Two presided over by Justice Dzimah to swear the judicial oath of membership of the Ngleshie Alata Traditional Council,” they noted.
For his part, Nii Offei said the case against him had been pursued for the past eleven years after his enstoolment as the Chief of the area.
He noted that Mr Daniel Nii Tagoe and Nii Arde Nkpa Vll and their followers have taken this matter to the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs at Dodowa and Ngleshie Alata Traditional Council in James Town for him to be destooled “but lost in all those cases.”
According to him, the judgement in his favour attested to the fact that he was legally and traditionally nominated, elected, selected and enstooled as the divisional chief of Krokobite.