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OKOE V. HORHOMENO III AND ANOTHER

(1987) JELR 68022 (SC)

Supreme Court  •  28 Jul 1987  •  Ghana

Coram
SOWAH C.J.,FRANCOIS J.S.C.,ABBAN JA,WUAKU JA,AMUA-SEKYI J.A.

Judgement

SOWAH C.J.: The quarter of Asere in the Ga Traditional Area otherwise known as Ga Mashie had been bedevilled with constitutional disputes for the past 200 years, and within the last 100 years with land disputes which appear interminable. Azu Crabbe C.J. said in Akramah II (Nii) v. Robertson (Consolidated) [1975] 2 G.L.R. 301 at 303, C.A. (full bench):

“I think it is of the highest degree essential that the origin, nature and extent of Mukose lands should be determined once and for all; otherwise, as experience in this court has taught some of us, there will be no end to litigation about these lands until legal ingenuity is completely exhausted.”

Before him Apaloo J.A. (as he then was) in Robertson v. Akramah II (Consolidated) [1973] 1 G.L.R. 445 at 447, C.A. had predicted “that a dispute about its ownership has come before the court and we suspect, unhappily, that this is not likely to be the last.” I must confess that I share the views of my predecessors, even now that the incumbent of…

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