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Buipe chief wins case against Yagbonwura

2011-01-14 21:41:57
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The Tamale High Court Two has declared as null and void the deskinment of the Buipe Chief, Abdulai Jinapor by the Yagbonwura, the Gonja Traditional Council and the Registrar of the Council.

The court, presided over by Justice Kwame Ansu Gyeabour held that the defendants were not the King Makers of the Buipe stool and therefore could not purport to destool Mr Jinapor.

The Paramount Chief of the Gonja Traditional Area, Yagbonwura Tuntumba Borisa, the Registrar of the Gonja Traditional Council and four other chiefs deskinned the Buipe chief on the grounds that he showed gross insubordination and disrespect to the Overlord of Gonja and the other chiefs by refusing to yield to appeals to forgive a sub-chief he (Jinapor) sanctioned.

The Yagbonwura and the other chiefs had prevailed on the Buipe chief not to carry out his threat to deskin his sub-chief but Mr Jinapor stood his grounds, an action that infuriated Yagbonwura Tuntumba and the other chiefs.

They consequently convened a meeting at which they deskinned the Buipe chief but Mr Abdulai Jinapor headed straight to court to challenge the decision.

Joy FM's Northern Regional Correspondent Mahama Shaibu, who was in court for the proceedings, reports that the court also upheld Mr Jinapor's argument that he was not given a fair hearing before the purported deskinment.

The court awarded costs and general damages to the tune of GHc6,400 against the defendants.

Mahama Shaibu said there was heavy security presence in court.


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