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MCE defies court order, carries out demolition of shops at Lapaz

BY PHILIP ANTOH  |   philip.antoh@dailyheritage.com.gh


THE MUNICIPAL Chief Executive Officer (MCE) for Okaikoi North, Nii Boi Laryea, has been accused of ordering the demolition of two shops at Lapaz belonging to one Mr Ben Koomson’s family built in 1988.

According to Mr Koomson, not even a High Court judgment, Land Division on May 3, 2018 could stop the MCE and Mr Gilles Kwame Dosse (the complainant in the case before the court) from demolishing the shops.

The High Court, in its judgment, restrained the defendants from the unlawfully demolition as that would take away the livelihood of the plaintiff.

The court also put perpetual injunction in place to restrain the defendants, their agents and assigns from interfering or dealing with the plaintiff’s shop in any shape or form.

Speaking to the DAILY HERITAGE, Mrs Joana Boamah, who witnessed the demolition exercise, said on Thursday, September 20, around 8p.m., “we had a hint that Mr Dosse and the MCE were planning to demolish the shops, so we made a report to the Tesano Police and they promised to send some officers to protect the shops.”

Mrs Boamah said on September 21, soldiers, police personnel, the MCE and a former assembly member for the area came to survey the location of the shops and said the shops would go down. “But when we explained the matter to the leader of the soldiers he and his boys aborted the mission,” Mrs Boamah said.

“We again went to the Tesano Police Station to see the crime officer, who directed us to see an inspector at the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit, who told us categorically that if we are not careful, our building would go down this night.”

On Saturday dawn, around 1 a.m., we saw the bulldozer with armed policemen, macho men and some officers of the Okaikoi North Assembly storming the place with a pickup vehicle with registration number GR 3153-U to demolish the shops.

“When my husband wanted to salvage some of his items, the macho men pounced on my husband and used sticks to beat him and prevented him from taking a single item from the shop,” she stated.

Mrs Boamah said some of the items in the shops before the demolition included physical cash of GHȼ5,000.00, brand new air conditioners numbering 30, 46-inch flat-screen TVs, a home theatre, a desktop computer, two home-used table top fridges, cutting machines, office chairs, glass doors, a decoder, copper pipes, a billboard (metal), tiles and cables.

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The MCE was called several times for a response to the allegations, but he did not pick the calls and did not return them either.

However, a letter from the Assembly, dated September 7, 2018, to Mr Koomson and family, signed by Ms Linda Amoafo, secretary to the Okaikoi North Special Planning Committee, stated that the shops fell within the N1 Highway reservation.

The letter again stated that the operators did not have a permit and blocked portions of the frontage of the complainant.            

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