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National Security in dawn swoop over private land

botchway August 10, 2018

 

A disputed parcel of land situated at Gbetsile on the Tema-Akosombo road has become the battle ground for the National Security from Accra, and the Tema Police, backed by the occupants of the land, Cedar Concrete Limited.

The Tema Police, this week, arrested a number of persons who claimed to be working for National Security. 

Workers of Cedar Concrete Limited also made a citizen arrest on the land and handed over the suspect to the police.

With their pride punctured, the National Security operatives went to the disputed land and also arrested a labourer, and followed to the home of the owner of the company at dawn and apprehended him to its base in Accra

The unhealthy development is occurring, in spite of counsel from the police for any of the aggrieved parties to resort to the courts for redress.

The Tema Regional Police Command, headed by Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Nana Asoma Hinneh, had, on Tuesday, advised the parties litigating over the land not to take the law into their hands.

On Monday August 6, 2018, a team, comprising armed police from the Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) of National Security besieged the disputed land with equipment and forcibly removed properties of Cedar Concrete Limited at the site without authorisation from the court.

The management of the company dashed to the Tema Regional Police Command and reported the invasion. A handful of policemen were dispatched to the scene and instructed to return with the members of the invading force, so as to avert a breach of the peace.

This instruction from the superior officer was disobeyed, a conduct which compelled the sending of reinforcements to the site and returned to the regional headquarters with the trespassers who were interrogated and granted bail.

On Tuesday, August 7, 2018, all parties in the land dispute congregated at the office of the regional police boss, who advised them to resort to the law courts to seek redress.

Less than 24 hours after the counsel of the police boss, on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, workers of Cedar Concrete Limited were on the land when a group of persons arrived there to embark on construction, despite the instruction by the Regional Commander of Police.

The workers present effected a citizen’s arrest of one person, who was immediately handed over to the Tema Regional Police Command for action.

Few minutes later, a team from National Security stormed the disputed parcel of land and forcibly took away one Charles Teye Mensah, a labourer of the company, who, a fortnight ago, was allegedly assaulted by a member of the National Security team during a visit to the site

At dawn on Thursday August 9, 2018, the Director of Cedar Concrete Limited, Nemer Ibrahim, was picked up from his home behind the Emef Police Station near Afienya.

The Lawyer for the arrested boss of the company, Mohammed Attah, speaking to The Chronicle condemned the use of state security apparatus to harass his client.

He reiterated the call for any aggrieved party to seek redress from the court, and appealed to those hiding behind the innocent state security personnel to desist from that.

According to him, he was told by National Security that his client had kidnapped the person who suffered a citizen’s arrest, and until their worker was produced, Nemer Ibrahim would also not be released.

Lawyer Mohammed Attah, however, debunked the claim of kidnapping, especially when the arrested person was immediately handed over to the police in Tema.

 

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