Lawyer Mary Ohenewaa (left) during the briefing yesterday
General Arnold Quainoo, a retired army general who once headed the West African Peace Keeping Force, ECOMOG, has been accused by some Ghanaian businessmen for allegedly trespassing unto eight plots of land reportedly sold to them by the Ogbolor Sowah Din family of Nmai-Dzorn in Accra, and destroying structures put up on it.
The businessmen, Joseph Ahmarquaye, Francis Ayenu and one Dr Sarkodie at a press conference held in Accra indicated that the chiefs of Nmai-Dzorn were fully informed about the transactions that occurred between them and the Sowah Din family regarding the sale of the land.
According to them, on December 26,2013 at about 2:00am, General Quainoo with the support of the National Security Coordinator, Gbevlo Lartey, along with some personnel of the Ghana Police and Armed Forces stormed the land which was being used for construction and destroyed the foundations and walls of houses. Again, they stated that on Saturday over the weekend, the retired Army General revisited the land and threatened them to vacate it or ?wage total war? against them.
Mr Amarquaye, one of the businessmen claiming ownership of the land indicated that General Quainoo?s attacks on the land had been allegedly aided by government?s support.
Furthermore, they noted that since they acquired the land in 2004, they have never had their peace of mind due to several attacks on them from General Quainoo who claimed the land rightfully belonged to him.
The case, they said, had been taken to court on several occasions, and rulings had never been in favour of the retired army general.
?In 2004, the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the Sowah Din family against General Quainoo for this land,? they hinted, adding that ?the High Court on December 17, 2013 again ruled in favour of Nmai-Dzorn chiefs against General Quainoo.?
Mary Ohenewaa Afful, a human rights lawyer and a council for the businessmen, stated that General Quainoo had no title and indenture for the land he was claiming ownership of.
She noted that the General also had no final judgment on the land, adding, ?General Quainoo?s move was a violation of Articles 17 and 18 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.?
?General Quainoo should not use his political influence to hijack innocent Ghanaians who are trying to create jobs for themselves and others,? Lawyer Ohenewaa charged.
By Melvin Tarlue