Greater Accra Regional Police Commander in Charge of Operations, ACP Samuel Kwesi Ofori who was sued together with the IGP over Pantang lands, appeared in Court last Friday but pleaded for leave.
The police officer together with his superiors were sued by an Estate Developer, Jeleel Company Ghana Limited for unlawfully entering into their land situated at Pantang and harassing residents in the area with their presence.
The Company filed a Writ at the High Court for an Interlocutory Injunction against ACP Samuel Kwesi Ofori, Greater Accra Regional Police Commander in Charge of Operations, from entering into the company’s land in Pantang.
The Company in its Suit No, CI/128/20 filed on September 18, 2020 indicated that the Defendants, ACP Samuel Akwesi Ofori, Inspector Seth Awuku, Inspector General of Police and The Attorney General, have been trespassing on its 30.45 acres of land at Pantang.
According to its Statement of Claim, the 3rd Defendant who is the Inspector General of Police has employed the 1st and 2nd Defendants in their official capacity.
Jeleel Company Ghana Limited averred that its ownership of the said land is anchored on a Deed of Lease from the allodial title owners bearing a valid Title Certificate issued by the Land Commission and a judgement of the High Court in Accra.
The Plaintiff (Jeleel Company Ghana Limited) stated that on September 16, 2020, men from the 3rd Defendant in Full police gear and using two police vehicles with registration numbers GP 4634 and GP 4802, led by the 2nd Defendant, purporting to be acting under the instruction of the 1st Defendant, ACP Kwesi Ofori without any lawful authority trespassed onto Plaintiff’s land and demolished some houses and fence walls erected on the land.
In its Statement of Claim, the Plaintiff indicated that the structures that were unlawfully destroyed by the Defendants in valued at GH¢1,500.000.00.
The Plaintiff avers that the employees and workmen of the Plaintiff have suffered emotionally and psychologically as a result of the violent trespass by the Defendants for which they must be compensated.
Also, the Plaintiff noted that as a result of the activities of the Defendants on the land, the lawful occupants of the land now live in panic and fear and are not able to undertake their lawful activities on the land.
However, appearing before the Court to answer the charges brought against him, ACP Kwesi Ofori admitted entering and sending his men on the said land but indicated that he did so on behalf of the Afutubrempong Family.
The Court however granted his plea for leave and adjourned the matter.