From John Bediako, Tema
Police have vowed to clamp down on the activities of an emerging illegal establishment calling itself Nungua Stool Task Force, which is being used to intimidate developers under the guise of protecting the Nungua traditional land boundaries.
Though Gborbu Wulomo, Nii Stephen Akwetey insists the taskforce, which was set up by the Nungua Traditional Council has the backing of the police, the latter has flatly denied the claim and promised to crush the group before it degenerates into a different thing altogether.
Reports reaching The Chronicle indicate that developers at Santeo, near Ashaiman in the Greater Accra Region are constantly being harassed by members of the taskforce, who go round issuing threats to demolish both completed and ongoing structures unless owners of these properties come forward to renegotiate for the acquisition of the lands on which they have built.
The Chief of Santeo, Nii Borketey Agbeitso Kaklaku Gbongeh, who spoke to The Chronicle over the development, did not hide the state of insecurity his people are living in. According to the chief, a fortnight ago, macho men riding motor cycles invaded the area and started pasting notices for developers to disregard previous land documents that were issued to them.
The notices, the chief said, directed developers to contact one Eddie for further negotiations and that, defaulters would have their buildings demolished without prior notice.
Members of the group, he went on, started harassing workers at their sites. This development, he pointed out, has left his people with no option than to consider mobilising to attack the invading elements, a development which could undermine peace in the area.
The Gborbu Wulomo (chief priest of Ga State), Nii Stephen Akwetey, when contacted did not deny the group.
According to him, the group is sanctioned to protect Nungua traditional land boundaries against any encroachments and referred the paper to the leader of the taskforce, one Edward Borketey Kwei (aka Nii Borketey Agbo).
The leader/supervisor when reached on telephone admitted that the Nungua Stool Task Force is currently operating not only at Santeo, but other assigned areas covering the traditional area. Asked if his group is known to the police, Nii Borketey Agbo answered in the affirmative and insisted that they sometimes operate with the police at Kanewu and Ashaiman.
However, when the Ashaiman District Police Commander, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Harrison was contacted, he denied any knowledge of the taskforce, let alone sanctioning their operations.
A highly placed source at the police headquarters confided in The Chronicle that all is set to immediately clampdown on such illegal formations and ensure that they are disbanded.