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Court issues bench warrant for arrest of two over land guard services

An Accra Circuit Court has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of two people, Stephen Okutu and Benjamin Djanker, believed to be providing land guard service for an estate developer.

The warrant for their arrest was issued on January 17, 2023, by an Accra Circuit Court presided over by Samuel Bright Acquah.

The runner ways, if arrested, would be standing trial with an owner of estates and construction firms, James Okine, Abubakar Issah, unemployed, Kamach Yeboah, Caterpillar operator, and Ali Amadu, caterpillar operator, on the charges of unlawful protection of land.

James, Abubaka, Kamach, and Ali have all pleaded not guilty to the charge and had been granted bail for a total of GH¢250,000.

The facts

The court was informed by Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Maxwell Oppong said the complainant is Godrich Ardey, a businessman who resides at Katamanso in the jurisdiction of the court.

He added that James Okine, Abubakar Issah, Kamack Yeboah, and Ali Amadu are residents of Zenu-Ashaiman, Teiman, and Oyibi respectively.

ASP Oppong told the court two other people, Stephen Okutu Kofi alias Kofi Santos, and Benjamin Djanker aka Asaa, who should be standing trial with the accused persons are at large.

According to the prosecuting officer, on January 3, 2023, the complainant reported to the police that his family owns 1.625.474 acres of land at Katamanso with a land title certificate covering the said land.

In addition to the land title certificate, the complainant also has a Power of Attorney from his family to back his claims.

To verify the documents submitted by the accused, he said a police investigation has revealed that the complainant’s family has had the land said land in possession for several decades.

However, the court was informed that the complainant’s family had also leased portions of the land to some estate companies who have built estate houses on the land without any challenges.

READ ALSO: Accra circuit Court grants estate developer and three others GHC250,000 bail

Meanwhile, the police were formed that the first accused who also is the owner Greenlake Estate and has recruited land guards unto their family land who protect him and his workers, while they were unlawfully grading the land to commence development.

The prosecutor told the court that on January 5, 2023, the police visited the scene with the complainant and found Kamack and Amadu using a payloader machine to grade the complainant’s family land under the protection of Issah, Okutu, and Benjamin.

He stated that Kamack and Amadu were arrested and during the investigation, Okine followed up, he was also arrested for investigation.

On the count of this, they were charged and put before Court. Furthermore, efforts are being made to arrest the two other accused persons.

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