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Regional News of Thursday, 22 February 2018

Source: Prosper Agbenyegah

Landguards on rampage at Gbetsile

Some developers were subjected to severe beatings by some weapon wielding land guards at Gbetsile Obeyeyie in the Kpone Katamanso District of the Greater Accra Region.

The workers who had gone to their site to work were severely beaten to pub by the land guards and later chased them out of their site.

The guards numbering about 20 destroyed some working materials including cement bags and building blocks.

They later set ablaze some structures and pulled down some buildings at lentle and footing levels. They again took away monies and mobile phones belonging to the workers at the site.

Narrating the incident to reporters who visited the site, the workers noted that their working tools were sent to the palace of the Chief of Gbetsile, Nii Teye Amankwah Sune.

"Our working tools were sent to the Chiefs palace and the land guards who attacked us are known guards who are most often seen around the Chief"

"the land guards took away our working tools including wheel borrows, head pans, shovels amidst the destruction of some bags of cement. The land guards further set some structures ablaze and destroyed footing of developers as well as destroyed some building blocks on site." They recounted.

"The land guards after destroying about ten bags of cement stole our mobile phones and took away monies on us and in addition subjected some of us who could not run to severe beatings" some of the workers recounted.

The workers narrate that " some of us had to run for our lives upon seeing the land guards approach but the few who were caught unaware were severely beaten and were taken to the hospital"

"when we later went to the Chief's palace for our working tools, we were threatened to be beaten again if we do not leave the house"

"Why were the tools sent to the Chief's palace if he has no idea of the attack on us?" They questioned

Victims who were attacked sustained series of wounds on their bodies as a result of the severe beating they received in the hands of the land guards.
They noted that, a report was lodged with the Emef Police who issued all victims with a medical form.

Several calls and text messages placed to the Chief for almost a week to get his response did not yield any result as he was giving all manner of excuses.

"I shall ask my lawyer to respond to you; I have a meeting and I would invite you over to my palace for a meeting" the Chief excused when called but none yielded result.

Developers at Gbestsile Obeyeyie for some time now have been facing land guard attacks each time they visit their site to develop their lands and this has been a worry to them.

They complained of the Gbetsile police for failing on several occasions to effect any arrest each time a report is made.

"This is not the first time we are being attacked by these landguards but we are yet to see any serious action taken against them by the Gbetsile police. The only result we often get is from the Afienya Police Command who are swift to respond to our call each time we are attacked" they noted
They again appealed to the police to act dispassionately and bring the perpetrators of these constant attacks to book as they are known faces in town.