Suspects remanded for unlawful protection of land
The Accra Circuit Court, presided over by Samuel Bright Acquah, has revoked the bail condition of an estate developer, James Okine, and two others, for disrespecting its orders.
The court revoked the bail yesterday, for Okine and Stephen Okutu Kofi, alias Kofi Santoe, and Benjamin Djanker, aka Asaa, and remanded them in police custody.
This was after the court was informed by Inspector Da Costa BobieAnsah, holding brief for Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Maxwell Oppongthat, the accused had not been reporting to the police as the court had ordered.
MrOkine and the two others, together with AbubakarIssah (unemployed), KamasahYeboah and Ali Amadu, both caterpillar operators, have been accused of conspiracy to commit a crime and unlawful protection of land.
They have all pleaded not guilty to the charges, and the case, adjourned to March 28, 2023.
ASP Oppongtold the court that the complainant, GodrichArdey, a businessman, resided at Katamanso, while the accused resided at Zenu-Ashaiman, Teiman and Oyibi, respectively.
The court heard that the two others, Stephen Okutu Kofi, alias Kofi Santos, and Benjamin Djanker, aka Asaa, were on the run.
ASP Oppongsaid the complainant reported to the police that his family owned land that was covered with land title certificate at Katamanso, and that the complainant had a Power of Attorney from his family to back his claims.
The prosecution said that the family had leased portions of the land to estate companies that had built houses on the land without any challenges.
ASP Oppongsaid that MrOkine, owner of Greenlake Estate, had allegedly recruited land guards, who protected him (MrOkine) and his workers, while they were unlawfully grading the land to commence development.
The prosecution said the police visited the scene with the complainant and found Yeboah and Amadu using a pay loader machine to grade the complainant’s family land under the protection of Issah, Okutu and Djanker, allegedly.
The prosecution said Yeboah,Amaduand Okinewere arrested, while efforts were being made to arrest the two other accused. – GNA