The World of Life Gospel Church, Ghana has appealed to President Nana Addo
Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, the IGP and the Interior Minister to ensure that the Manet Police Commander and his men enforce a Court injunction order on a disputed land for peace to prevail.
At a press conference, the spokesperson of the church, Mr. Emmanuel Anane disclosed that in 2010 the Church legally acquired a parcel of land measuring 4.2 acres at Okpoi Gonno, opposite the Manet Police Station from the Tsie We family of Teshie.
“We formally registered it at the Land Title Registry and obtained a Land Title Certificate in 2014. We also built a fence wall around it and put a caretaker on it. One morning in March 2017, we woke up and to our surprise, some land guards and thugs had pulled down the walls. We reported it at the Manet Police station and raised another wall. In August 2017, the new wall was also completely pulled down.”
According to Mr. Anane, the Church after identified the person, one Samuel Kofi Diameh, lodged a complaint with the Manet Police and also with the IGP.
“On 3rd November 2017, the then Head of National Operations called a meeting at the District Commander’s office involving all those who claim to have interest in the land.”
“At the end of the meeting, the Police advised us to maintain peace at the site and pursue the resolution of the matters involved peacefully at the Courts.”
The Church, Mr. Emmanuel Anane disclosed, in December 2017 took the matter to the High Court and won an interlocutory injunction on 28th September 2018, about 10 months after the suit, restraining the Developer, Mr. Samuel Kofi Diameh and his agents from trespassing onto the disputed land or illegally constructing on it or interfering with it in any way.
He said the church wrote a letter to the IGP and the Commander at the Manet Police Station informing them and seeking their assistance to maintain order on the land, pending the final determination of the suit.
According to him, the estate developer has flatly ignored the High Court Order and has continued to feverishly develop the land day and night with the assistance of some Chinese contractors while surrounding themselves with armed land guards, in front of the Manet Police station.
He mentioned that all efforts to get the assistance of the Manet Police station or the IGP and the Ghana Police Service to assist in enforcing the High Court Order have proved futile.
“The Police say they cannot do anything about it because they were not specifically or directly tasked by the High Court to enforce the order, in spite of the telling nature of the injunction Order,” he said.
By William Sarpong