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02-Sep-2015  
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Queen mother of Kwabenya in the Ga-East municipality, Naa Korkoi Dugbatey II, has appealed to the Chief Justice (CJ) and judges in the country to crack the whip on persons who intentionally violate injunctions placed on them by the courts of the land.

According to her, the time has come for people who hold themselves as being above the laws of Ghana to taste the authority that rests in the laws.

Her appeal followed what she described as an orchestrated plot by one Nii Akrade Annan Oti II, also known as Nuumo George Ankonu Adjin Tettey, who is parading himself as the Head of the Abbey-We of Odai Ntow family of Kwabenya and his cohorts “extorting monies from unsuspecting people through the illegal sale of lands0.”

That, according to her, was done as the said “fake” family head and his cohorts inaugurated an office they described as Nii Odai Ntow Customary Land Secretariat on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 in Kwabenya with the full backing of the Stool Lands Secretariat.

Naa Korkoi Dugbatey II pointed out that the inauguration of the said secretariat by Nuumo George Ankonu Adjin Tettey and his group was “unsavory and couched in bad faith” since the signatories have no authority to inaugurate any secretariat on behalf of the family.

She also noted that there was a pending suit before the high court, in which the capacity of George Ankonu Adjin Tettey and his team was being challenged.

Documents in possession of this paper indicated that there was also pending under that suit, an application for interlocutory injunction restraining them from holding themselves as representatives of the various branches of the family, suit number BMISC 957/2015 and entitled; EDWARD ARMAH AKUETTH AND 2 OTHERS VRS. JOSHUA ODAI AMA AND ANOR.

Per our investigations, it came up that there was also an injunction order dated 29th May, 2014 restraining George Ankonu Adjin Tettey from asserting himself or doing anything to enforce the judgment in suit number BL 554/2007 in the pending Suit BMISC 582/2014.

The injunction order, which was granted by SGD. Mr. Kenneth A. Okwabi J, Justice of the High Court, stated that “…whereas in the ruling delivered on 29th day of May, 2014, the Court was satisfied that both parties be restrained: It is hereby ordered that both parties be and are hereby restrained. It is further hereby ordered that Plaintiffs/Respondents herein be and is hereby restrained from enforcing the judgment in Suit No. BL. 554/2007 entitled Nuumo George Ankonu Tettey vrs. Aryee Annang and 7 others. It is hereby further ordered that Plaintiffs/Applicants herein be and are hereby restrained from doing anything to undermine the determination of the Court in Suit No BL. 554/2007 entitled Nuumo George Ankonu Tettey vrs. Aryee Annang and 7 others, as the said judgment is valid and subsisting and not set aside. The interlocutory Injunction is to remain in force until the determination of this action.”

Also, this paper was reliably informed that personalities who were invited for the launching of the Nii Odai Ntow Customary Land Secretariat were duly warned by lawyers for members of the Odai Ntow Family of Teshie, Ashongman and Kwabenya not to honour the invitation since, according to them, it was contemptuous.

It was revealed that both the Ashong Djemawon and the Anteh Kwakonam branches of the larger Odai Ntow Family had not nominated nor selected anybody as their representatives although a High Court judgment demanded that principal members of the Odai Ntow family should be represented and nominated to execute all valid documents for the alienation of the Odai Ntow family.

And despite the fact that they did not nominate anybody to represent them, Joshua Odai Ama and Ben Mensah Armah who were 1st and 2nd Defendants in Suit No. L554/78 PETER MENSAH ANTEH vrs. SIMEON ARYEETEY & ORS., both Joshua Odai Ama and Ben Mensah Armah on their own volition nominated themselves and were engaged in unlawful signing of documents as representatives of the two branches, Today’s further checks revealed.

This paper was also informed that some documents purportedly signed by them in their assumed capacity as lawful representatives and appointees of the Ashong Djemanwon and Anteh Kwakonam branches, for the sale of some parcels of the family land, were rejected by the Lands Commission.

Commenting on the development, Naa Korkoi Dugbatey II said the unlawful acts by Joshua Odai Ama and Ben Mensah Armah was causing a lot of losses and embarrassment to the Ashong Djemanwon and Anteh Kwakonam branches and if they were not stopped, this will lead to total confusion and loss of family properties.

“These unlawful acts are done with the active participation of some other members of the larger family to the detriment of the various branches and the family,” she said.

She, therefore, sent a notice to the people stating categorically that the “self-styled acting chief and so-called head of family and principal elder of Abbey-We, the family of Kwabenya and Acra, George Ankonu Adjin Tettey, was not a descendant of Nii Abbey.

He has no parental or maternal relationship with the Royal Stool of Nii Abbey We, the family of Kwabenya and Accra.”

In a telephone interview, George Ankonu Adjin Tettey admitted the fact that there were cases pending at the courts over his legitimacy and that of others who launched the Customary Land Secretariat.

He said they were advised to establish the office so as to be able to collect royalties and monies that accrued from the sale of the family properties.
 
 
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