The Agyir Ansah-Eberadze Royal Family of Abura, a suburb of Cape Coast, has petitioned the Inspector General of Police and the Judicial Council over what they term as unlawful sale of their royal lands.
In the petition, they alleged that one Mr Agyare Kotompo has sold several acres of their lands to unsuspected buyers, even though he is not part of their family.
According to the family, they secured an injunction on July 8, 2016, restraining the said Kotompo, who they claimed hails from Amosema, from their lands, but the illegal sales has not stopped.
It is in this light that the family held a demonstration at Abura to register their displeasure and frustrations, and subsequently petitioned the Regional Minister and other security stakeholders to intervene.
Addressing a press conference earlier in the day, before the demonstration, the Agyir Ansah-Eberadze Family youth leader, Mr Kwesi Afful, appealed to the government for assistance.
According to Mr Afful, Mr Kotompo has sold about 800 acres of their lands, between 2016 to 2018, and called on the police and the Judicial Service to investigate the matter.
“The sad aspect of this is that, lands leased years ago by the family heads of Agyir Ansah to individuals and organisations, have been resold by Kotompo,” he alleged.
Mr Afful disclosed that “the lands were preserved by our great grandparents and family leaders for future generations, and for developmental projects like hospitals, schools and evening farming by natives of Abura.”
He further challenged all those who have bought lands from Kotompo to go to Lands Commission to conduct searches on the lands they have bought.
He warned that those who have bought lands around Abura from Kotompo have bought stolen lands, and that they should stop developing those lands.
When contacted, Mr Agyare Kotompo denied all the allegations levelled against him, saying they were false.
Speaking in an interview with The Chronicle, he said: “I am the head of the Obrempong Kojo Abredze Royal Family, and we are the owners of all Abura lands.”
He explained that he secured judgement from the Court of Appeal on April 18, 2018 at Cape Coast, which declared him the legitimate owner of Abura lands.