Woman Accuses Soldiers Of Threat

Ms. Pearl Robert, a businesswoman, has reported a group of soldiers who have threatened her over a parcel of land at Teshie, in the Greater Accra Region, to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Headquarters.

She alleged that the group, made up of Military Police (MP) personnel, has allegedly become landguards and terrorising landowners at Teshie and its environs, in order to scare them from developing their plots.

That practice, according to Ms. Robert, had been going on for a long time, thus forcing people who could not withstand the harassment by the soldiers, to abandon their projects.

She alleged that the soldiers, led by W. O. Azumah, were claiming the three-and-a-half plots she genuinely bought from Michael Ashiboi Armah for Lt. Col. Sarfo Kwarteng, a retired military officer said to be living in Liberia.

She said that about three weeks ago, she went to work on her plots when three military men suddenly appeared and ordered the masons engaged on the project to leave the site for their own safety.

She said that she challenged them to produce their land documents but they failed, and left the scene threatening to deal drastically with anyone they would come to meet working on the plots.

Ms. Robert said she went to the CID Headquarters and reported the incident, and that all invitations by the investigator to the soldiers for their side of the story have failed, as they refused to honour the invitation.

“We are no longer in a military rule; we are now in a democracy and I am prepared to take them to court to demand justice,” she said.

Meanwhile, Mr. Ashiboi-Armah, who sold the land said, he did not know the soldiers who were claiming ownership of his land, and also challenged them to produce their land documents.

“I have not sold land to any soldier. I sold my plots to Ms. Pearl Robert,” he said, and he was prepared to establish the truth.

All attempts by The Ghanaian Times to reach one of the soldiers on his cell phone failed.

By Castro Zangina-Tong  

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