By Iddi Yire, GNA
Techiman (BER), April 16, GNA – The one-week
Islamic funeral service (adour) of the late Mr Justice Chiri Adama, a retired
High Court Judge has been held at Techiman in the Bono East Region.
Mr Justice Adama until his retirement in 2004,
was the Supervising High Court Judge of the Upper West Region.
He died on Monday, April 8th at the age of 81.
He was survived by his wife Margaret, and
their children, Salamatu, Mariama, Ayishetu and Iddi; in addition to eight
The Islamic funeral service was attended by
members of the legal fraternity, National Executives of the Judicial Service
Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG), traditional chiefs, imams, pastors and the
Mr Justice Adama, who was born on June 10,
1937, was the elder son of Naba Kotei Yire and Naa Manorma Yire, both of
blessed memory of Mognori in the Bawku Central Municipality of the Upper East
He had his middle school education at the
Bawku Middle Boarding School (now Bawku Senior High Technical School) from 1949
From there, he proceeded to the Great Tamale
Secondary School (now Tamale Senior High School), where he had his General
Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary Level (O Level) and Advanced Level (A
Level) Certificates from 1956 to 1963.
He volunteered and taught at the Bawku Middle
Boarding School for a year and was employed with the Barclays Bank in Tamale.
He went on to pursue law at the University of
Ghana and graduated in 1966.
He worked briefly at the Lands Department in
Accra; while there, he was sponsored to pursue Land Law Administration at the
University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.
Upon his return, he joined the bench in 1970,
and his first posting was to Kumasi as a Magistrate.
Until his retirement, the late Mr Justice
Adama’s legal career spanned over 38 years, of which 34 was with the bench.
He diligently served his motherland Ghana, and
by dent of hard work, he rose through the ranks from magistrate to circuit
court judge and then high court judge.
He would be remembered by many for his great
humility and his great philanthropic spirit.