Hassan Ayariga pulls gun on Ga East Assembly workers

Mr Ayariga (in white )surrounded by the police

Mr Ayariga (in white )surrounded by the police

Mr. Hassan Ayariga, the founder and leader of All Peoples Congress (ACP), yesterday pulled a gun on workers of the Ga East Municipal Assembly, at Haasto- Kwabenya in the Greater Accra Region.

The workers were demolishing fence wall, Mr Ayariga was constructing on Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) land.

But the police disarmed him before he could cause any havoc to the workers.

The incident occurred when staff of the Works Department of the assembly together with officials of GAEC and security personnel toured encroached land of GAEC.

The assembly had two weeks ago asked workers engaged by Mr. Ayariga to stop work on the GAEC land, but he ignored the warning.

The inspection team visited Bohye, an area close to the GAEC first gate, only to meet Mr. Ayariga urging his workers to continue with the work.

Mr Ayariga said that he presented a cheque for GHc 2,400 to the assembly last Wednesday for the processing of his building permit only for the cheque to be returned with the explanation that the assembly did not accept cheque, but physical.

The assembly staff decided to pull down part of the wall, which was about eight feet high.

This infuriated Mr. Ayariga, who accused the police of taking sides, because the demolition was being done under their watch, pulled out a pistol, cocked it and pointed it on the assembly staff, but the police disarmed.

He said “You will see, I will show you. The President must hear of this, I bought this land nine years ago, you cannot stop me from developing it”.

Mr. Ayariga later led his workers in attempt to attack the assembly staff, but the police asked the staff to leave the site to avoid any confrontation.

The Municipal works engineer,Mr Peter Bah-Lomo,told the Ghanaian Times in an interview that the municipal security council at a meeting on Thursday demanded that further encroaching on GAEC land must stop as there were no building permits or documents covering most of the structures.

He said the structures were springing up on water ways, which could spell disaster for the municipality.

Mr. Bah-Lomo said Mr.Ayariga presented a cheque for a building permit for a different location, and rejected claims that he had submitted documents to develop part of GAEC land.

The Deputy Director General of GAEC, Professor Shiloh Kwabena Dedeh Osae said the commission has served notices to encroachers to stay clear off the land, to no avail.

According to him, despite claims by the chiefs that the land had been released to them, the Executive Instrument (EI) had not been changed and was still in the name of GAEC.

Said the title deed of the land was in the name of the land commission, and urged government to assist them fence the land to ward off encroachers, because developers and occupants were risking their lives.

By Lawrence Vomafa-Akpalu

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