The High Court In Accra has entered Judgement in favour of the Nii Arde Nkpa Royal Family of Plerno, Kokrobite, Langma and Tuba over their lands.
According to the Court, the Nii Arde Nkpa Family are the owners of the Plerno, Kokrobite, Langma and Tuba lands.
The Judgement was delivered for the case with Suit No. LD/01167/17 between Nii Adotei Akwei Notse, (deceased) substituted by Nii Saka Akwei II, Nii Adoayi Akwei (Plaintiffs) vrs. Daniel Arde Tagoe, head of Nii Arde Nkpa family, Nii Quarshie Dzago and Lands Commission (Defendants).
In the said Writ, the Plaintiffs in their Amended Statement of Claims indicated that they are owners of the disputed land and have exercised ownership rights over them for years.
They averred that, by a vesting asset executed on August 1, 2003, Nii Adotei Obuor II of Sempe, acting as customary successor and Administrator of Nii Anege Akwei II, the said land was vested in Nii Adote Akwei Notse I head of family of Kokrobite Sempe Royal family and Nii Ado-Ayi stool Secretary and Acting Woleiatse of Kokrobite.
The Plaintiffs also noted that part of the land have been acquired by government for farming purposes (Wejia Irrigation Project) whilst the Defendants entered the other portions and laying claims to the lands.
They also mentioned that they have sent several petitions to the Lands Commission but have been ignored.
They therefore went to Court for a declaration that they (Plaintiffs) are owners of the land in dispute.
They also sought for recovery of possession of the said lands.
Meanwhile, in their Affidavit in support of motion on notice to enter judgement on admission, the 1st Defendant Daniel Nii Arde Tagoe said lands of the Nii Arde Nkpa family comprises all the piece of land situated at Kokrobite, Langma and Tuba.
He also stated that sometime in 1979 the government of Ghana by an Executive Instrument acquired a portion of the Kokrobite land belonging to the Nii Arde Nkpa Royal family for irrigation purposes of which portions has been released to Kokrobite and by necessary of implication to the said family.
According to him, these facts as pointed out by the 1st and 3rd substituted Plaintiffs constitute clear, express and unambiguous admission of the fact that the land in dispute and which is the subject matter of compensation belongs to the Nii Arde Nkpa family of Plerno
The Court presided over by His Lordship Justice Alex Owusu-Ofori, ruled and stated that “Judgement is hereby entered for the 1st Defendants/Applicant (Daniel Nii Arde Tagoe) against the 1st and 3rd Substituted Plaintiffs/Defendants herein on their own admission that the disputed land belongs to the Nii Arde Nkpa Royal family of Plerno, Kokrobite, Langma and Tuba.”
By this, it is clear on records that all the lands at Kokrobite, Langma and Tuba (Iron City and Kuwait) belongs to the Nii Arde Nkpa Royal Family.
In another development, the Head of the Nii Arde Nkpa Family Mr. Daniel Nii Arde Tagoe said this judgement is good news to the entire Nii Arde Nkpa Family members adding that the era where non – family members disposes of the family properties is now over.
“This is an era of a new dawn” and called on the family members to come together and build a great dynasty.