Information gathered by WestAfrica24.com indicates that residents and property owners at Ngleshie Lafaa popularly known as Bricks and Tiles and some other adjoining communities are gripped with fear and pain each passing day as they continue to lose their lands to landguards in the area.
Our investigations shows that they do not only lose their lands but are sometimes tormented and terrorised by these landguards ordered by some individuals who wants to claim the lands.
Speaking in an interview with WestAfrica24.com at Weija, the newly installed Chief of Ngleshie Lafaa in the Ablekuma West Municipality of the Greater Accra region, Nii Ayi Okufuobour I, bemoaned the constant harassments and attacks meted out to innocent land developers, residents and building construction workers in the area by weapon-wielding landguards on the blindside of the police.
According to the chief, who is also a victim of the landguard attacks, land developers and their workers who go to their sites to work are often severely beaten by these ferocious landguards.
Nii Ayi Okufuobour I, noted that these ‘notorious’ landguards, numbering about 30, often seen around various building sites within the Lafaa (Bricks and Tiles) enclave, destroy working materials including cement bags and building blocks.
These landguards who are sponsored by some known individuals whose names are withheld for now, sometimes take away working tools including wheelbarrows, head pans, shovels amidst the destruction of bags of cement.
Nii Ayi Okufuobour I, stated that a ruling was given on the said lands on 31st January, 1955 a by the Supreme Court of Gold Coast by the Eastern Judicial Division (Lands Division) held at Victoriaborg, Accra presided by Justice Manyo-Plange in favour of Ngleshie Alata.
According to him, 9 claimants of the land took the matter to court including; Gbawe Mantse, Sempe Mantse and Kpakpatse We Family.
The rest were James Town Mantse, Asere Mantse, Asere Djorshie Mantse and R.K. Ayeetey. Others included E.A. Dodoo, Samuel O. Attoh and Matilda Bosomprah.
Nii Ayi Okufuobour I, added that the court ruled that, the claims if 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th claimants were struck out for want of prosecution.
He further pointed out that the ruling stated that the 3rd claimant was struck out on the grounds of its not being made by anybody purporting to be the head Head of or the accredited representative of the Kpakpatse We Family.
Nii Ayi Okufuobour I, further added that it left with only four claimants including the Gbawe Mantse, Sempe Mantse, James Town Mantse and the Asere Mantse and was ruled in favour of the James Town Mantse as the legitimate owners if the land.
“My life is in danger, and this is my worry because the landguards set building structures ablaze and destroy footings of developers as well as building blocks on sites,” he said.
To this end, Nii Ayi Okufuobour I, called on the Inspector General of Police, James Oppong-Boanuah, to clamp down on these landguards to safeguard lives of residents and land developers in the area.
Below is the ruling that was ruled in favour of Ngleshie Alata
By: Paul Mamattah