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Aggrieved chiefs and people of La, specifically the Abafum Djaase, have warned the Executive Secretary to the President for taking their land illegally.
They said the Nana Asante Bediatuo who owns Sandbox Beach Resort is claiming ownership to a parcel of land close to his resort illegally.
According to them, he has proceeded to destroy a fence wall around the disputed land.
Jeffrey Tetteh, the leader of the delegation, at a press conference in Accra, warned Nana Asante Bediatuo to stay off the land or he will have himself to blame.
He said prior to 2016 election, with the full support of the entire Ga Dangme people, they staged a series of agitations to demand the release of their lands from the then-administration.
“When the government called our bluff, history took its course,” he said.
“You will recall, once again, from the 10th to the 25th of August this year, a group from the Akyem state, led by one Nana Sarpong Kumankuma, claiming to be the Mponuahene of Apedwa, attempted to raid about 25 Ga villages with the support of the Ghana Army when they descended on the village of Dome Faase. It took the courage of the people to drag them out with fury.”
Mr Tetteh alleged that on Tuesday, at about 7 pm, Nana Asante Bediatuo in the company of a lady, Sarah Femi Adetola, and some weapon-bearing thugs and destroyed a concrete wall that has just been constructed by the Abafum people.
“Bediatuo, who acquired the Sandbox Beach Resort from one Lee Ocran, son of Ghana’s former Education Minister and diplomat, in a transaction not recognised and formalised by the Abafum people and for that matter the La state, blatantly said that he, Bediatuo, was going to use state machinery under this NPP government to annex a parcel of land adjacent the Sandbox Beach Resort,” he said.
He added, “Clearly, Bediatuo appears to have some powers that make him superhuman for which reason he wants to touch our very souls. It must be stated clearly that there are people in La and for that matter the entire GaDangme region, who are equally enlightened to know what the law says. This land, in question, is part of a land acquired by the state in 1902 for coconut plantation.”
“The lease had a tenure of 100 years ending in 2002 and this land, part of which was used for South La estate, is also part of the lands whose release we have been advocating and demanding government to release.
“GaDangme lands are for GaDangme people and we expect the president, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to call his Executive Secretary to order.”
He said their proverbial hospitality is making them tolerate Nana Asante Bediatuo running the Sandbox resort and cautined that they should not be taken for granted for that.
“We, the Abafum people, La people and GaDangme people, are by this press conference, telling the superhuman Bediatuo to first fix the wall he asked his thugs to destroy and secondly, to keep off the said land in his own interest,” he stated.
Jeffrey Tetteh said, “If he [Nana Asante Bediatuo] fails to keep off the land, he definitely wants us to take our next line of action.”.
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