It has emerged that the actual date Nii Ayi Okufourbour I has submitted to the Judicial Committee of the National Regional of Chiefs in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region to secure his gazette of his chieftaincy status is completely different from the date he was installed and crowned as the sub-chief of Lafa Barima under the Ngleshie Alata Traditional Area in Accra.
The certified copy of the extract document of the gazzete from the National House of Chiefs which is in possession of Soireeneww.com dated February 11, 2020 has, therefore, stated that Nii Ayi Okufourbour I, who was known in his private life as Mr. Benjamin Nii Ayi Aryee has been traditionally installed as the sub-chief of Ngleshie Lafa Barima on December 9, 2008.
The document has serial numbers of 946 with the approved date of December 12, 2019.
The document further has details of the title of office, the town/village, traditional area of where Nii Ayi Okufourbour I both the late and present Chiefs, (Nii Ofei II is coming from, the stool and his private name.
However, a search report from the Ngleshie Alata Traditional Council in Jamestown in the Greater Accra Region has confirmed that Nii Ayi Okufourbour I, enstoolment date was September 2019, and not December 9, 2008 as was captured on the gazzette form which is in the possession of this news outlet.
These contradictory dates on the form of gazzette of Nii Ayi Okufourbour I has attested to the fact that Nii Ayi Okufourbour I has secured gazzette from the NHCs through dubious ways.
The development has informed the decision of the Divisional Chief of Dansoman, Nii Kojo Danso II to file a writ praying to an Accra High Court to order the expunging of the name of Nii Ayi Okufourbour I from the Register of the NHCs as a sub-chief of Ngleshie Lafa Barima.
In a writ of summon of suit No. GT/0089 /2023, Nii Kojo Danso II, Plaintiff vrs Niii Okufourbour I , 1st Defendant, the Ngleshie Alata Traditional Council, 2nd Defendant, Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs, 3rd Defendant and National House of Chiefs, 4th Defendant, the Plaintiff averred that the first defendant allegedly provided false information leading to his enstoolment.
He claims that somewhere in September 2019, the 1st Defendant was installed as a sub-chief of Lafa, a known river that flows through Mallam, Awoshie and Santa Maria, all within the Greater Accra region.
According to Nii Kojo Danso II, the first Defendant Nii Okufourbour I. while disclosing his year of enstoolment, stated the date to be 19th September 2008, when in actual fact he was enstooled in September 2019.
The 2nd Defendant, Ngleshie Alata Traditional Council is accused of entering on the Chieftaincy Declaration Forms 1st Defendant as a sub-divisional chief of Adjumako Dawurampong when in effect, the said Adjumako Dawurampong is a known family house in the Ngleshie Alata James Town and not a Divisional stool under which a sub-divisional stool can fall.
Nii Kojo Danso II makes further claims that 1st Defendant stated his Town/Village as Ngleshie Lafa Barima, when facts show that there is no such town or village by that name within the Jurisdiction of the Ngleshie Alata Traditional area or anywhere in Ghana.
The Plaintiffi of the view that 1st Defendant’s alleged conduct of providing false information for the purpose of being registered in the national register of chiefs, is a calculated scheme to fraudulently misrepresent information about him to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Defendants and the general public at large since he knew such information was false at the time of filing.
He maintains that the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Defendants relied on the said false statement of fact on his date of enstoolment by proceeding to have the false information registered against 1st Defendant’s name.
The 2nd Defendant’s failure to vet and fully verify the declaration forms of the 1st Defendant before forwarding it to 3rd Defendant led to the wrongful declaration made in the 1st Defendant’s favor, thus 2nd and 3rd Defendants acted negligently.
Nii Kojo Danso II is thus seeking from the court “a declaration that the conduct of the 1st Defendant, Nii Ayi Okufourbour I in the entire registration procedure leading to the entry of his name in the national register of chiefs, amounts to Fraudulent Misrepresentation and therefore nullifies the entire registration.”
Also, he is seeking another declaration that the Ngleshie Alata Traditional Council, 2nd Defendant, Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs, 3rd Defendant and National House of Chiefs, 4th Defendant acted negligently in approving the application of the 1st Defendant and proceeding to have him registered in the national register of chiefs.
The plaintiff wants an order compelling defendants to expunge the name of the 1st Defendant from the National Register of Chief.
When contacted on via telephone call on Wednesday November 16, 2022 to set his side of the matter, Nii Ayi Okufourbour I declined to speak to this reporter.
But when quizzed further, Nii Ayi Okufourbour stated that the bailiff of the Accra High Circuit has served him with a summon of suit and he has already filed his defense papers to face the Divisional Chief of Dansoman in the court.
Nii Ayi Okufourbour I told this reporter that since the case is in the court he would not gave further details on the issue until final determination of the case by the court.