A traditional ruler and a businessman have been granted bail of GH¢150,000, along with a jeweler who was accused of forging documents covering land. The trio was charged with protection of land and interest in land and were accused of unlawfully evicting tenants by forging indenture and other land documents.
According to Superintendent (Sup) of Police Augustus Yirenkyi, the complainants in the case were residents of Tema Community 5 and East Legon, and their tenants placed their kiosks and shipping containers on the land, which they have used as dwelling places. The prosecution stated that the accused had unlawfully pulled down a portion of the fence wall.
For the most part, the accused pleaded not guilty to the charges, and the court granted them bail of GH¢50,000 each with two sureties each. The court directed that the sureties should be Ghanaians, and adjourned the case to May 31, 2023. Meanwhile, their accomplices, Nii Okyeame and Alex Zinkam, were currently at large.
The prosecution said that in 1989, the wife of one of the complainants acquired land at the American House area of East Legon, and the property was handed over to her husband. He built a fence wall around the land and leased portions of it temporarily to some people, including the other complainant. They have enjoyed possession of the land since it was purchased.
In a nutshell, Mr. Amoako claimed that the land belonged to him after securing copies of the indenture on the land and obtaining a land certificate. He then contacted the traditional ruler to evict the tenants from the land, which led to the alleged unlawful eviction.
It is important to follow the legal procedures and obtain proper documentation before claiming ownership of any land. Unlawful eviction can have serious consequences for both the accused and the victims. Let us all strive to promote peaceful coexistence and adhere to the rule of law.