Lands Commission
Lands Commission

The head of Brempong Kwadwo Royal Family at Abura, a suburb of Cape Coast, Nana Agyare Kotompo III, has dragged the Executive Secretary of the Lands Commission in the Central Region and Joseph Abaka Arthur, to a Cape Coast Circuit Court.

Lands Commission
Lands Commission

According to him, in November 1973, the government of Ghana took over certain portions of stool lands which were approximately 200.08 acres out of a total acreage of 6,208, by an Executive Instrument entitled ?EI 3 State Lands (Cape Coast) site for Ghana Housing Corporation and Abura Village Extension Instrument 1974.?

In his statement of claim, Nana Kotompo stated that the State Housing Corporation for which the lands were acquired only used a certain portion of the lands and abandoned the project. The defendants, he stated, hid behind the Instrument and sold the portions of the lands that had not been put into use.

He said in order to ascertain that the lands had not been subjected to any transaction other than the purpose for which they were acquired, conducted a private search which revealed that the unused portions of the lands were being sold by the regional lands officer, using the Instrument as a cover-up.

Nana Kotompo disclosed that the regional lands officer even ordered, Mr. Abaka Arthur, who works at the office, to remove pillars planted on the unused lands and demolish all structures erected on them.

The Ebusuapanyin indicated that the conduct of the regional lands officer and his men regarding the sale of the unused lands, constituted arbitrary use of position and power ? hiding behind the Instrument to do things to enrich their pockets.

Nana Kotompo hinted that government would continue to suffer from the hands of unscrupulous persons like the defendants, who are applying the Instrument to enrich themselves at the expense of the ordinary citizens without paying any compensation.

The statement of claim further prayed the court to order the defendants to re-vest the title of the unused lands to the Brempong Kwadwo Ebiradze Royal Family.

The plaintiff appealed to the court to place a perpetual injunction on the defendants and their agents, servants and all those claiming through them, restraining them from having anything to do with the unused lands.

The Ebusuapanyin appealed to the court to order the defendants to stop selling the lands, specifically acquired under the said EI 3 and expunge all records in respect of sale or transaction of lands affected by this EI 3 and declare all lands sold by them null and void.

From Sarah Afful, Cape Coast

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