This is an appeal by the Petitioners/Appellants/Appellants from the judgment of the Judicial Committee of the National House of Chiefs, Kumasi, delivered on the 8th October, 2014 which affirmed that of the Judicial Committee of the Northern Regional House of Chiefs. In this judgment the parties shall bear the descriptions they bore in the trial Judicial Committee.
There is not much controversy about the events that gave rise to this chieftaincy dispute but the correct provisions of Nanum customary law on ascension to the paramount Skin of Bimbilla in the Northern Region and the lineage of the 1st petitioner are matters in high contention in the case.
Following the death in 1999 of the Paramount Chief of Bimbilla Traditional Area, Na Abarika Atta, a dispute arose between the parties herein as to who was the rightful successor to the throne. The Bimbilla skin rotates between two gates, the Bangyili and Gbugmayili gates. Na Abarika, the late chief was from …