The Judicial Committee of the Upper East Regional House of Chiefs on Tuesday October 25, 2016, declared Mr. Raymond Alafia Abilba, a son of the late Paramount chief of the Bolgatanga Traditional Area, as the rightful paramount chief after months of litigation.
The skin became vacant in 2013 following the death of Naba Martin Abilba III, the then paramount chief. After his death, there were two main contenders to the skin – his son Raymond Alafia Abilba and Joseph Apakere.
Abilba was eskinned by the Bolgatanga Traditional Council as Naba Awogeya-Lebna while Mr. Joseph Apakere was also enskinned by the Nayiri, the Overlord of Nalerigu as Naba Abeka Noge Buuri Maltinga.
But in the wisdom of the Judicial Committee of the regional House of Chiefs which has the powers of the High Court ruled that the Nayiri has no right to enskin a paramount chief for Bolgatanga. It referred to a High Court ruling the late chief had in his favour in 1988, charging the Bolgatanga Traditional Council as the sole kingmakers.
Subsequently, Mr. Joseph Apakere who took the case to court was Ghc 50,000 as damage.
Lawyer for the defendant, Mr. John Ndebugre told the media after the ruling his client can now hold himself as chief.
At the regional house of chiefs where the matter was determined, there was heavy presence of the military and police on ensure there were no clashes between supporters and families of the two personalities.