Respect land owners – Judge advises traditional authorities

By C.M
Boaten, GNA

Nsuta (Ash), Oct. 23, GNA – Ms Lydia Osei
Marfo, a Circuit Court judge, has appealed to Authorities especially
traditional rulers and local council staff, to contact land owners for proper
negotiation when they needed land for development projects.

She urged them avoid entering forcibly into
such lands, without the prior permission of the owners.

The Judge made the appeal when three
suspects,: Padmore Ofori, Otu Acheampong and Abdul Ramadan Osman, all farmers
at Papease appeared before the Court, on suspicion that they had caused damage
to plantain suckers valued GH¢1,000.00, being property of Mr Yaw Adu Gyimah, a
retired Commissioner of Police at Papease near Kwaman in the Sekyere Central
District in Ashanti region without permission.

Inspector Peter Konlan, prosecuting, told the
Court that on October 9, 2018 at about 9.30 am, the accused persons were
mandated by Nana Osei Marfo II, the Chief of Papease and his elders to assist
one Mr Kodua, a Town & Country Planning officer, to re- zone a parcel of
land and demarcate it for projects at Papease.

He said in order to pave way for the project,
the accused persons destroyed plantain suckers on the land on the orders of the
Traditional Authorities.

He said Mr Adu Gyimah was later on informed by
the caretaker of the farm after, which a complaint was made to the Kwamang
Police, leading to the arrest of the accused.

After police investigation, the accused
persons were charged with the offence.

They pleaded not guilty and the Court granted
them bail in the sum of GH¢10,000.00 with a surety each and ordered them to
inform the traditional rulers to see Mr Adu Gyimah, the owner of the land for
negotiation, after which they should re-appear before it on November,8  2018 for hearing.


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