The Chiefs and elders of Gomoa Fetteh in the central region has sent a word of caution to Ghanaians and all stakeholders to beware of what they call “land thieves” who are going round taking people’s monies with the promise of giving them portions of land.
They indicated that estate developers, individuals, land guards and many miscreants have over the period sold lands to unsuspecting individuals and institutions illegally, and people should be warned and take notice, adding that “there are laws governing sale, transfer of ownership and acquisition of stool lands in Ghana, and all land transactions which do not follow legal processes as preferred under the 1992 constitution and other prevailing laws are not only null and void, but also criminal under the criminals code of Ghana”.
Speaking to the Press at Millennium City, a suburb of Kasoa which falls within their land, the elders revealed that officials of security agencies and institutions of state have liaised with estate developers, institutions and other individuals to sell large portions of their land without recourse to them, and without following legal processes, a case they see as blatant thievery.
Nana Samuel Kabby Caye, a former Regent of Gomoa Fetteh and a current Ebusuapanyin of the Royal Abor Ewusie Family of the town who spoke on behalf of all the elders, made these revelation in a follow-up to last week’s media publication about citizen’s complaint in relation to the connivance of the Millennium City Police Command with land guards and certain elements in taking their lands with impunity and intimidation.
It was further revealed that, the current map, the Amoreen judgment and plan of 1984, which gives demarcation of territories and boundaries of towns and communities in the enclave, has clearly given the allodia custodians of the Gomoa Fetteh lands, which include Millennium City, just as the 1910, and 1913 judgments and maps.
In view of the foregoing, the traditional authorities further advised Ghanaians and all stakeholders to take notice of same and desist from giving monies to individuals or companies who do not have stake in their lands.
They similarly advised the security officials within their enclave to be fair and allow justice to prevail.
They added that, the menace of land guards is rampant in the area due to inaction, compromise or direct involvement by the security agencies for their personal gains.
They therefore called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and heads of the security apparatus to intervene to ensure fairness, equity and enforcement of the law in the area.
In a stern rebuttal, the District Commander of the Millennium City Police Command indicated that, he has never been involved or biased towards land guards.
According to him, he has discharged his duties with the greatest professionalism and fairness, adding that “in Ghana when you decide to be straight forwarded and do your job with all integrity, you will always find issues with one person or the other”.
Indicating that the issue in question involves the arrest and detention of one alleged land guard called Musah, who was granted bail by the Court upon his arraignment before same court.
He said, the granting of bail to the suspect was by a Court order, and so is the arrest of some of the local town folks also through a court order, granted bail through a request to the court for justice on his lost phone.
He added that he has been deeply involved in the fight against land guards, and his outfit has witnessed the jailing of some of them.
He also called for independent investigators to come to the grounds to confirm the reality of actual things happening.
Story: Frederick E. Aggrey