The Osu Traditional Council, led by its Priests, Priestesses and chiefs have invoked curses on the government of Ghana for leading an attack on the Stool.
According to them, government is using state security apparatus to intimidate, harass them and take over their landed properties.
The Chief Priests who poured libation to invoke curses on all who have a hand in the unfortunate demolishion of their properties on the Achimota lands, prayed the gods of the land to take control of their fight.
They accused government of using the National Security, Police and Military to carry out illegal exercises such as demolitions on their land.
Ahead of the libation, Nii Kwabena Bonne VI, the Osu Alata Mantse who addressed a press conference on behalf of the Osu Traditional Council, indicated that, “It is time to tell the Government that enough is enough. We are sending this signal that if this interference does not stop we will advice ourselves going forward,” it said.
He averred that the destruction was first carried out by the Old Students Association of Achimota School.
“As if that was not enough, the state, using security agencies like the National Security, Police Service and the Military, invaded the land with huge military vehicles, earth moving machines with armed men on Thursday, June 16, and demolished our properties on the land running into millions of Ghana cedis.
“It has now become necessary to tell the facts in the face of the wanton falsehoods, smear campaign and series of intimidations against the people of Osu in a land issue which all due processes were adhered to,” it said.
The citizens of Osu are law-abiding and have won several judgments at the courts dating 2011 till today in reference to the Achimota land, it said.
“It is not as if the Stool went onto the land without following due process. We have been in court with the Lands Commission and the Attorney General over issue which they lost,” the Council said.
It said greater portions of the Osu lands had been taken over by government for key national projects, citing the Accra Sports Stadium, the Parliament House, State House, Ridge bungalows, Flagstaff House as examples adding that the boundaries of the land stretched beyond Haatso.
“It is an un-deniable fact that many of our woes currently have been as results of these forcible acquisitions with little compensation which were not even paid.
“Royalty payment to the Stool, even though meagre, has been a tug-of-war which is gradually crippling the operations of the Stool and the Traditional Council,” the Council said.
It said the chunk of the Achimota land had been sold to cronies, old students and associates with artisans, fitting shops and traders plying their trade on the land while some squatters had made it their residence.
He said, apart from governments not showing concern to this unjustified destruction of its properties, they had also neglected the people of Osu in terms of job opportunities “even though the seat of government is on their land.