The National Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Freddie Blay, together with the Chief of Akuapem Berekusu, Nana Oteng Korankye II, have been cited in what appeared to be a forceful takeover of a property, which does not belong to them.
The property in question, is a 3.85-acre parcel of land located at Abokobi, and it is directly opposite the Ga East Municipal Assembly in the Greater Accra Region.
Documents sighted by The Herald revealed, the land had legitimately been owned by one Caroline Aleh Okantey, as far back 1959.
It had legally been registered at the Lands Commission, with all particulars covering it in the name of Caroline Aleh Okantey.
However, the Berekusu Chief, who is also claiming ownership of the same land, is said to have passed behind and clandestinely allocated it to Mr Blay, although there is currently an interlocutory injunction on the land by an Accra High Court, Land Division.
But in spite of the injunction, Mr Blay; a lawyer, through his alleged estate business partner, one Mr Amoah, have hijacked the land, and are hurriedly developing it day and night with impunity under land guards protection.
The individuals, Freddie Blay, Nana Oteng Korankye and Amoah, have also gotten the state security, specifically the SWAT Unit of the Ghana Police Service at National Security, through the help of a certain Sergeant Bright Kan-Daapah, believed to be a nephew to the National Security Minister.
They have since been using the SWAT police, as well as landguards to intimidate and terrorize the poor owners of the land.
In early this year, the said Sergeant Bright Kan-Daapah, has caused the arrest of Nana Otu Akoto II, Adumhene of Akwamu, the plaintiff in the case, and dragged him to the SWAT head office at National Security, in a show of power.
The junior officer, Sgt. Kan-Daapah, is said to have mentioned Lord Commey, the Director of Operations at the Jubilee House as the one who gave the order to the SWAT team to effect the arrest.
This paper has sighted series of petitions and correspondents by Nana Otu Akoto addressed to the Police headquarters in disapproval of the conduct of the police.
The interlocutory injunction ruling, dated May 11, 2017, with Suit No. LD/1544/2016 between Caroline Okantey and Tei Azu as (Plaintiffs) versus Nana Oteng Korankye, George, Soldier and Laryea being (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Defendants) in the case, was delivered by Mrs. Barbara Tetteh-Charway, Justice of the High Court.
In her ruling, a copy of which is in the possession of this paper, had the High Court Judge, saying in parts that "In the circumstances, it is ordered that the 1st defendant is hereby restrained from further alienating any portion of the land claimed by the plaintiffs to the third parties.
He is to cease from any acts that will interfere with the plaintiff's right to possession of the land in dispute pending the determination of this suit".
The judge, had also stated in her ruling that in the court's view, the plaintiffs have prima facie case, hence it would be just under the circumstances, to grant the application for injunction in respect of the area in dispute.
"In the court's view therefore, the plaintiffs have prima facie demonstrated an interest in the 3.81 acres gifted to the 2nd plaintiff and the remaining portion of the 3.85 acre which was the 1st plaintiff's portion of a larger parcel of land granted to the late Comfort Nelson. I am further satisfied that plaintiffs have demonstrated an interest in their respective lands through long uninterrupted possession of same prior to their initial encounter with the 2nd, 3rd and 4th defendants on the land in dispute," the ruling said.
"Given the negligible acreage of land claimed by the plaintiff's family, I think that it would be just under the circumstances, to grant the application for injunction in respect of the area in dispute, pending the resolution of this suit," the judge noted in page 4 of her ruling.
It is unclear, whether or not the chief, Nana Oteng Korankye II, who is the 1st defendant in the case, informed Mr Blay and his boys about the injunction on the land and the impending legal tussle before trespassing.
But sensing the legal implications of their action, and the likelihood of being cited for contempt, Mr Blay quietly invited the plaintiffs to his house, and tried to persuade him with money to allow him buy the land from him directly at the cost of GH¢35,000.
The said meeting, allegedly took place at the residence of Mr Blay at East-Legon, near the American House in the presence of some witnesses.
Narrating how the meeting was arranged, Nana Otu Akoto II, the Adumhene of Akwamu, who is the lawful attorney in the case having been given Power of Attorney by her mother, Caroline Okantey (1st plaintiff) said, he was invited for the meeting by an aide to Mr Blay.
"An Aide to Mr Blay visited my house with brother of this said Amoah who fronts for Freddie Blay or are partners and a certain Tettey, a builder and confirmed to me that they know the land belongs to me as the legal attorney and registered in the name of my mother," he said.
According to the plaintiff, the meeting between them at Mr Blay's residence was inconclusive, because he made his position clear to them that he would not sell the land to them.
Strangely, the Berekusu Chief, Nana Oteng Korankye II, who is at the centre of the whole dispute, was not present at the meeting.
But during the meeting, Nana Otu Akoto II said, "they were prepared to pay me money. However, I shall never sell to them even after they apologized for causing my arrest. Let them know in clear terms that they should go and get their money back from the uneducated rogue Oteng Korankye, and clearly as businessmen. I find it odd that they did no due diligence".
Meanwhile, The Herald is informed that the plaintiff through his lawyers, have filed a suit in which Mr Blay, Berekusu Chief, Nana Oteng Korankye, Mr Amoah and four others, have been cited for contempt of Court.
As at Thursday, September 3, when the paper visited the site, serious construction works was still ongoing by the workers of the defendants.
Several calls and text messages to the National Chairman of the NPP and Nana Oteng Korankye II, by The Herald went unanswered. It was as though they had planned not to respond to the matter.
More to come!