The High Court, therefore ordered the National House of Chiefs to delete his name from the chieftaincy register
The Cape Coast High Court Wednesday ordered that the name of the Paramount Chief of the Oguaa Traditional Area, Osaberima Kwesi Atta II, should be struck out from the register of the National House of Chiefs.
The plaintiffs, Opanyin Kofi Amonoo and four others, prayed the court to set aside the registration of the chief’s name, known in private life as J.S. Haizel, from the National Register of Chiefs as the Omanhen of Oguaa on grounds of fraud.
In his ruling, the Central Regional Supervising High Court judge and Appeal Court judge, Justice G. S. Suurbareh, ruled in favour of the plaintiffs and declared that the registration was fraudulently entered into the register of the National House of Chiefs.
Members of the Royal Family of Eberadze in Cape Coast filed a petition at the Central Regional House of Chiefs in 1998 against the nomination, election and enstoolment of Osaberima Kwesi Atta as the Paramount Chief of the Oguaa Traditional Area.
In the relief that they sought, the plaintiffs explained that the chieftaincy declaration form sent to the Central Regional House of Chiefs and subsequently through to the National House of Chiefs for the registration of Osaberima Kwesi Atta as Omanhen had inaccuracies in the answers to some of the questions asked on the form.
The plaintiffs had earlier told the court that in a section of the chieftaincy declaration form that asked whether there was a petition pending against the installation, the answer provided was ‘no’, when, indeed, a case challenging the enstoolment of Osaberima Kwesi Atta was pending at the Central Regional House of Chiefs.
Additionally, in an answer to the question whether the chief was in possession of the Black Stool, the answer was ‘yes’, when a letter had been written to the plaintiffs’ head of family demanding the Black Stool.
The High Court, therefore ordered the National House of Chiefs to delete his name from the chieftaincy register.