AG saves state ¢760,000 in bizarre judgment debt saga

The state has been saved 760,000 cedis judgment debt by the Attorney General over a land acquired in 1943 from a clan in Jasikan in the Volta Region.

The family, led by clan head, Nana Sankrankyi Atta, pursued compensation for the land acquired by the British colonial government.

After several years of litigation, approval was given for compensation of 42,170 cedis.

But payment was suspended by the Kufuor government.

Speaking at the Judgment Debt Commission, Monday, clan head Nana Sankrankyi Atta told the Commission that while they were waiting for government to pay the money, another person, Emmanuel Ofori, who was given the power of attorney by the clan, took the case to the Ho High Court and secured a 760,000 judgment debt.

But for the intervention of the Attorney General’s Department, the money would have been paid to the wrong person.

Joy News’ Seth Kwame Boateng, who was at the Commission’s first sitting after over a-three-month break, reported Nana Sankrankyi as saying he was not aware Emmanuel Ofori had been pursuing the matter in a different court.

Mr. Ofori together with his lawyer were believed to have filed the case ex-parte [Did not require the presence of the Attorney General, the person against whom the case was being made].

They secured a judgment of 760,000 but the Attorney General’s Department later found out and stopped the payment.

Nana Sankrankyi Atta told the Commission he was again unaware of the judgment and that Emmanuel Ofori and his lawyer would have taken the money in his name and without his consent.

He said “not a pesewa should be paid to them” but called for a more critical look into the need for compensation to be paid for lands acquired by the state.

Hearing continues tomorrow.

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