By Samuel Appah-Peniel & Anaafi Kokooto
The Cape-Coast Appeals Court has ruled that a 48 year old, Nana Okese Essandoh, IX known in private life as Nicholas Akwesi Biney is the Ninth Paramount Chief of Nkusukum Traditional Area after 12 years of dispute in the Central Region.
This ruling by the Cape-Coast Appeals Court settles the 12 years of Chieftaincy dispute between the acting President of Nkusukum Traditional Council, Nana Kwesi Breboh , the Gyaasehene and Nana Okese Essandoh.
The dispute was initially tried by an independent Arbitration Committee headed by His Lordship, Justice S. A. Brobbey, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana.
He appointed Dr. Okatakyi Amanfi, Paramount Chief of Asebu Traditional Area but did not put the matter to rest and landed at the Cape Coast high Court in which the case was ruled in favor of Nana Okese Essandoh IX.
Nana Kwesi Breboh and the Gyaasehene not satisfied with the Cape-Coast high Court ruling filed a motion for an appeal at the Cape-Coast Appeals Court but the appeals court threw the case away hence giving Nana Okese Essandoh IX to be the rightful Chief of Nkusukum Traditional Council.
The newly declared Omanhene for Nkusukum Traditional Council, Nana Okese Essandoh IX speaking with the TNP NEWS explained that the case went to the Central Regional House of Chiefs but proceedings was halted because it was in court.
“From here l will report everything to the Central Regional House of Chiefs about my victory so that they will give me the customary right to become the Chief to serve the people of Nkusukum Traditional Council”, he added.
Nana Essandoh IX is a teacher by profession and heads the Building Construction Technology Department at the Asuansi Technical Institute. He holds Masters in Building Construction Technology.
The Nkusukum Traditional Council’s jurisdiction has Yamoransa as its Capital. Other areas include Woraba, Eguase, Briwa, Nakesdo, Akyimfo Ankaful, Okokodo, Eguabado, Anokyi, Abonko, Great part of Mankesim including the market, Hini , Pebi, Opimum, Akatakyiwa among others with a of 22 towns and villages.
The Obaatan of Nkusukum Traditional Council, Nana Benyin II in an interview with the TNP NEWS after the court ruling expressed her gratitude to all and sundry for their patience which has brought peace to the area.
According to her, the road is now clear for Nkusukum Traditional Council as they now have legitimate paramount chief to spearhead development in the area.
‘We are now set to exercise our cultural and customary rights as a Traditional Council’ Nana Benyin II added.
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Source : tnpnewsonline.com