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Police negotiate with chiefs, estate developers over ‘seized’ lands

botchway December 6, 2018

 

The Director General of the Police Administration in charge of General Welfare, COP/Dr. Akuffo Dampare has begun negotiations with estate developers and chiefs on how to get back lands belonging to police personnel, which have been taken away from them by land guards.

Some of these estate developers are said to have entered into agreement with the police administration to sell lands on hire-purchase basis to personnel of the service.

Both Junior and senior officers who were interested in buying lands gave their consent to the Police Administration to make monthly deductions from their salaries until the entire cost of the land was paid. 

The Chronicle has, however, established that some of the personnel who have finished the payment are being prevented from entering the lands by land guards.

These land guards are said to be working for some of the chiefs who claim the estate developers bought the land from their predecessor at ridiculous low prices and will not, therefore, allow the estate developers to continue developing the lands.

Police personnel who fully paid for their lands reportedly suffered constant harassment from the land guards until they went on retirement. The estates developers who went into agreement with police administration are pointing accusing fingers to the chiefs for the harassment of the police officers.

To help solve the problem to enable personnel of the service concentrate on their core mandate of maintaining internal security of the country, COP Dampare has decided to negotiate with all the parties involved to ensure the return of the lands to personnel of the service who have fully paid for them.

Sources say 2,000 plots of the land are at Kasoa in the Central Region with 10,000 also located at Dodowa in the Greater Accra Region.

COP Dampare after holding talks with the chiefs and the estate developers and also took time to visit disputed lands familiarise himself with the situation on the ground.

Both serving and retired personnel who were around when COP Dampare and his team visited the lands were very grateful to the police administration for the steps they have taken to secure their lands for them.

 

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