THE Ankobeahene for Gomoa Nyanyano Traditional Council of the Central Region, Nana Ayi Quaye called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr George Akuffo Dampare, to as a matter of urgency, deploy police personnel to combat land guard activities within the area.
According to the traditional office ruler, there was the need for the IGP’s swift intervention to salvage the situation because personnel of the Central East Police Command were allegedly not handling the issue with the seriousness it deserved.
He stated the activities of land-guards are seriously on the rise in the area which is causing fear and panic within the Gomoa Nyanyano and its adjoining communities.
The Ankobea-hene made the in an interview with Soireenews.com after the Managing Director for Kasapa Center Limited, Mr. Kofi Acheampong donated acres of land to Ghana Police Service and Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).
For his part,Mr. Kofi Acheampong Director for explained why he has decided to donate to the two institutions as his cooperate social responsibility.
In separate interviews with the Soireenews. com some victims who were attacked by the lamdguards at Gomoa Nyanyano and its adjoining communities described the illegal acts of the land guards as a form of terrorism, alleging that some investigators at the Central East Police Command were receiving huge sums of money and gifts of cars from leaders of the land guards and therefore refused to follow up on reported cases of land guard activities in the area.
One of the victims, said his three-bedroom house at roofing level was pulled down right in front of him for refusing to pay an additional GH¢1, 500.00 as digging fee to a gang who insisted he paid the amount before continuing with his project.
“When I started this project, I paid an amount of GH¢1, 500.00 to this same group of people and I did not see them on my land for months but upon realising the project was continuing speedily they showed up again to threaten me but I never gave in to them until that fateful day when they came to harass me again for the money,” he lamented.
Another resident who pleaded anonymity indicated that buying a land or starting a project, especially within the Gomoa Nyanyano area was a risky move as the land guards were mainly stationed in those areas to harass and attack anyone they could easily get.
He said they even go to the extent of harassing builders for monies for what they describe as “ceiling fan” and “tools fees.”
This he described as unreasonable and heartbreaking.
The victim recounted that he was harassed by criminals on his land, close to Nyanyano, to the extent that he had to abandon the site to protect his life and family.
When contacted, police personnel at the command refused to comment on the matter, saying the IGP had warned them against granting interviews to the media but should rather channel all media related issues to the national headquarters.