The Abladjei Akrowa Executive Council, indigenes of Teshie Agbawe in the Greater Accra region of Ghana have warned occupants on their lands who have not regularized their lands with the family to undergo proper regularization with immediate effect.
According to the family, failure to comply with the directives will result in occupants facing legal action or losing their property.
Addressing the media at Abladjei Akrowa, a community located in the Ga East Municipality, the Secretary of the Abladjei Akrowa Executive Council, Jacob Adjetey Amporfro, also accused AFIT Nationwide Building Society and Keda-Noda Development Company Limited, both estate developers of encroaching 600 acres of land belonging to the Abladjei Akrowa family.
They also alleged that one Mallam Issah Ahia, a family member has been conniving with the estate developers to sell their lands without recourse to the family and the Council.
According to the Abladjei Akrowa Executive Council, the over 90 years old Mallam Issah Ahia has given his power of attorney to his grandson, Isaac Ablorh Sowah to act on his behalf without the knowledge of the Executive Council.
The aggrieved Council members and the Abladjei family have accused the said Isaac Ablorh Sowah of illegally selling their lands and using land guards to terrorize residents in the area.
The Abladjei Akrowa Executive Council warned individuals and private property owners and developers to desist from dealing with Mallam Issah and Isaac Ablorh Sowah in any land business since Mallam Issah has ceased to be the family head.
The Executive Council therefore appealed with the Ga East Municipal Assembly and the Inspector General of Police, James Oppong Boanuh to intervene by calling them to order.
Meanwhile, when Ghanaianvoiceonline.com contacted the General Manager of AFIT Nationwide Building Society, Vincent Ofoe Agbettor claimed that the acres of land was legitimately acquired from the Abladjei family in 1992.
He explained that it is rather 150 out of 500 lands of AFIT Nationwide Building Society that are being encroached upon by some family members of Abladjei adding that they bought the land in 1992 and had all documents covering the agreement but for the unfortunate fire that gutted their office some years ago.
According to him, it is rather his company which has been proactive and shown commitment to protect the Abladjei lands by writing to the Abladjei Council of Elders to pave way for a survey of all encroached lands of Afit Nationwide at Abladjei for the purpose of collecting of grounds rent.
Mr. Agbettor was however surprised that his company was mentioned as doing something untoward adding that AFIT Nationwide has continuously supported the Council of Elders in any decision geared towards the development of Abladjei Akrowa.
“If they say they have a new Head of Family and that Mallam Issah is no more the head of family, I have no problem, they should bring an official letter then we will take it from there” Mr. Agblettor said.