"We will deal with land guards and Asafoatse groups who had been going to the building sites to collect monies and working tools from workers of the land developers lands in Kasoa Millennium City, Gomoa Fetteh and their adjoining communities in the Central Region," the Central East Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP)," Mr. David Eklu has vehemently declared.
Following this development, the DCOP Eklu called on the individuals and organisations who had genuinely and legally bought lands in Kasoa Millennium City, Gomoa Fetteh and their adjoining communities in the region to muster courage to report any land dispute case to the police for swiftly actions to be taken to resolve the matter.
“If you have any case of land, report to the police and we will conduct our investigations into the case. We will be establishing network with the Central Regional lands officer in the Lands Commission to find out the actual owners of the land,” he said.
The senior police officer who has been posted to the Central East Regional Police Command a couples of weeks ago indicated his outfit readiness and commitment in dealing with perpetrators of land guard activities at Kasoa and its sorrounding environs in order to bring peace and order to the region.
He, therefore, cautioned that anybody who seizes anything from a site or harasses developers will be arrested, saying, “We have arrested 10 suspects who seized tools belonging to developers and have charged them for stealing.”
He explained that Kasoa and its enclave had become a hub of land guard activities because of the high interest in land acquisition and development of property leading to the occurrence of multiple sale of land, trespassing, illegal collection of monies from developers among others.
DCOP Eklu issued these warnings when he addressed the Central Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) ’s meeting at Cape Coast.
According to him, the proactive measures put in place by the police had reduced issues of land-guard activities, while indicating that the violence associated with it had also reduced.
DCOP Eklu stated that there were still incidences of activities by people claiming to be Asafoatse within the various communities who went round the sites to collect monies from developers because they did not want to be referred to land-guards.
The senior police officer indicated that the police had started developing a database to track the trend of land cases and said, they had compiled over 2,972 cases from January to August.
Out of the number, he said, 202 had been sent to court and that some of the cases were being pursued at the civil court.
Others, he averred, used alternative dispute resolution mechanism to settle the cases, saying, “If you sort yourselves out peacefully without violence then we are fine with it. Sometimes, we give them advice and they go back and do not come to report.
He mentioned that the region had a number of chieftaincy-related disputes as well as boundary disputes which had the potential of stalling development initiatives.
The police administration, he said, had also started deploying personnel to the various senior high schools across the country to curb all sorts of vandalism by the students as the students complete education.
For his part Central Regional Police Commander, DCOP Alexander Amenyo pointed out the region recorded a decline in crime rate, saying, “Criminal activities in the region is on a low side.”
He called on the Central Regional House of Chiefs to address a number of chieftaincy disputes in the region as the disputes were affecting development in communities experiencing such cases.