THE CHIEF of Staff of the Nungua Stool, Mr Frank Kofi Lewi, has issued a statement on behalf of the Paramount Chief of Nungua, King Odafio Welentsi III, to caution illegal developers and encroachers on Nungua Stool Lands who are knowingly or unknowingly dealing or buying parcels of Nungua Stool lands from known land guards who parade themselves as royals and land owners within the Borteyman enclave and its surroundings.
Recently when the Ministry of Food and Agriculture embarked on demolition exercise to reclaim their lands at Borteyman, some individuals who were affected claimed to have bought their lands from land guards who live at Nungua.
But, the Chief of Staff of Nungua has clarified that no land guard or any other person has any right to sell Nungua land without the consent of the Paramount Chief or the Nungua Traditional Council and therefore businessmen and developers should be warned in this regard.
The Chief of Staff indicated that in their recent inspection report, it became clear that some individuals had appropriated some stool lands to themselves whilst others also showed documents which were forged and purported to have come from the Stool only for proper scrutiny to prove otherwise.
He said apart from some of these infractions, there were some few others too who had been taken to court and the courts had issued specific orders and judgment against them.
Mr Lewi stated that those buying from land guards and fraudsters in the area should be very careful to ensure that they have the right documentations because “the Stool will not relax any longer and will embark on a vigorous investigation to expose all the fraudsters who are duping unsuspecting estate developers with fraudulent documents.”
He stressed that “developers must first submit their land acquisition documents to the Traditional Council for validation before they can proceed further to develop the land.
“This is not the first time we have had cause to caution the general public on these matters and even at a point went further to notify the Inspector General of Police in an official letter which was later published in the newspapers but these fraudulent activities appear to be never ending,” he said.
He further stated that the Lands Commission should take steps to stop processing all land documents or transactions on all stool lands of Nungua.
He warned that failure to do so would be interpreted as disrespect to the authority of the Stool and Council and the Council will be left with no other choice than to take legal action against such persons who have failed to demonstrate appropriate legal ownership of the said lands which they were developing.