Occupants Protest Forceful Eviction

Part of the land

OCCUPANTS OF a parcel of land adjacent to REDCO Flats at Madina, near Accra, are urging government to intervene in what may result in bloodshed between them and hirelings of one Alhaji Abass Saraki, who was claiming ownership of the land.

According to the occupants, who number over 3,000,
they have been carrying out their businesses on the 30-acre land since 1993.

They claim they had title to the land with the aid
of the defunct Bank for Housing and Construction after REDCO, a subsidiary of
the bank, was closed down.

The occupants, who are mostly artisans, drinking
spot operators, car dealers and washing bay operators, among others, told
journalists that   on June 2, 2019, a
team of well built men (macho) in two Nissan pickups with registration numbers
GV 773-14 and GV 711-14 came and pasted eviction orders on their shops with
threats that if they failed to obey, they would be evicted by force by June 16,

According to them, the men informed them that
the land belonged to one Alhaji Abass Saraki.

The occupants have, however, vowed to resist any
attempt by the said Alhaji Abass and his men to forcibly evict them from the
land they have occupied for over 26 years with valid land titles.

One of the occupants, Mark Oliver Boakye, said
in a telephone conversation that one Hakeem, who is said to be an agent of
Alhaji Abass, had illegally occupied a portion of this land along the RIZ
junction and attempts to get rid of them had proven futile because they claim
to have ‘connections’ in government and the top hierarchy of the police

They said not even appeals made to the Member of
Parliament, Boniface Abubakar Sadique, and the Chief of La Nkwantanang, Nii
Kortei Dzor ll, had yielded any good results.

They are, therefore, calling on the Interior
Minister and the Inspector-General of Police to intervene to avoid any

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