Police arrest man, 43, for illegal demolishing in Sefwi-Wiawso

The demolished fence wall

The demolished fence wall

A 43- year old driver believed to be one of the agents of Nana Katakyie Kwasi Bumangama, Omanhene of Sefwi-Wiawso Traditional Area who allegedly demolished a fence wall being constructed on a plot of land owned by a private developer at Sefwi-Wiawso is helping the Sefwi-Wiawso Divisional Police CID in their investigations into the case.


The suspect, Yaw Mensah, also known as Ambush, was picked by the Police last Tuesday and later granted enquiry bail.


The Omanhene is alleged to have instructed his agents to demolish a fence wall being constructed on the land owned by Mr Godfred Andoh, a businessman and citizen of the town last Saturday.


Having secured a building permit from the Sefwi-Wiawso Municipal Assembly for the project, Mr Andoh commenced the construction of the fence wall but a group of people purporting to be acting on the orders of the Omanhene, stormed the site last Saturday and pulled down a part of the wall estimated at GhȻ30,000.


The facts of the case indicate that the land in question measuring 1.25 acres and sheltering a cold store facility belonging to the defunct State Fishing Corporation (SFC) was sold by the Divestiture Implementation Committee (DIC) to Mr Danny Adzei Annang of Teshie-Nungua, Accra in May 2002.

In March 2003, Mr Annang also sold the land to Mr Charles Nunoo, now a reverend minister based in Kumasi who, in turn, sold it to Mr Andoh in March 2018.


However, prior to the sale of the property to Mr Andoh, the Omanhene who was enstooled about three years ago, attempted to forcibly assume ownership of it, compelling Rev Nunoo to institute a legal action against him at the Sefwi-Wiawso High Court.


The High Court, presided over by Mr Justice G A Kwasi- Kumah, on February, 12, 2018 ruled in favour of Rev Nunoo, declaring him the owner and empowered him to recover the property.

It also granted an order of perpetual injunction restraining the Omanhene, his co-defendant, Okyeame Yaw Berko, their agents, assigns and workers from interfering with the land and awarded GhȻ12,000 costs against them.


Apparently dissatisfied, the Omanhene, out of the blue, allegedly sent his agents to the site being developed by Mr Andoh to demolish a portion of the fence wall after invoking curses on his workers, a situation which compelled him to lodge a complaint with the Police.

 By Times Reporter

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