A land guard, identified as Ibrahim Mushahudu Aka “One Million” is in the grip of the police for terrorizing residents and landowners at Teacher Mante, Adesso, and its surroundings.
Mashahudu has been attacking his victims by taking over their lands.
The suspect, who is expected to be arraigned before the Kyebi Circuit Court in the Eastern Region on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, was arrested on Monday, November 29, 2021, when he went to the Kyebi Police station to seek bail from one of his accomplices who went to attack a site.
His aide among others who are currently at large, last week went to the Teacher Mante area and allegedly demolished an ongoing beverage factory that is under construction.
“One Million” with his gang, some month ago, reportedly went to Adesso and attacked some farmers after taking over their lands to fetch sand on it.
It took the intervention of the Okyeman Environmental Taskforce to fight them back, however, they managed to overpower the task force but the police later came to their aid.
The land guards reportedly collapsed the said factory on the claims that the land belongs to the suspect, “One Million” which was leased by the Okyenhene, Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin to the investor.
However, the said investor (name withheld) reportedly went to the Okyenhene’s palace to report the matter. The Okyeman Taskforce rushed to the site and arrested one of the suspects.
Explaining his ordeal, the investor said, “We wanted to build a beverage factory latest by February 2022, so we purchased land from the Okyenhene, Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin but unfortunately for us, anytime we try building the factory, supposed land guards collapse the building for reasons best known him. He has collapsed the building 13 times”.
According to the Investor, he has a document that shows the land belongs to him having purchased it from the Okyenhene, but information gathered from the land guard indicates the land has been given to Goil.
He said, they have spent Three Hundred Thousand Ghana cedis on the project but there has not been any progress, a situation he describes as worrying.
He indicated that ‘the land guard told me he has control over lands in the area and that, no chief in Kyebi can step up to challenge his decision since he has absolute power over lands in Teacher Mante.’
Meanwhile, Baffour Asiedu Bekoe, the head of the Okyeman Taskforce also confirmed that the said land in Teacher Mante is documented and has been given to the investor who intends to build a beverage factory in the area.
He emphasized that no individual has power over any land in the Okyeman enclave and has vowed to deal with land guards in the area.
“I want to caution the public, if you have a land which is not properly documented, you have to visit the Palace for proper documentation because when caught by the task force you will be dealt with. The Taskforce deals with documents and nothing else. Any land in Okyeman belongs to Okyenhene and no one can sell the property of Okyeman” he stated.