This is an application for an order of mandamus to compel the Chief Lands Officer, the head of a government department, to perform his statutory duty, by registering a number of conveyances relating to land belonging to the Onamrokor Adain family which the Chief Lands Officer had refused or failed to register.
The applicant is the joint head of the Onamrokor family. The other joint head is B. A. Quarcoo. The appointment was one of the terms of settlement of a case entitled Quarcoo v. Allotey which was before Abban J. and which was settled and the terms of settlement incorporated into Abban J.’s judgment, dated 23 December 1974.
On 18 March 1976, the caretaker of the applicant family wrote to the chief lands officer, on behalf of the family informing him that signatories to conveyances of the family’s land would be the applicant and five others whose names were listed, but which excluded the name of the other joint head of family, B. A. Quarcoo. The Chief Lands Officer…