By Cecil Mensah
The Ga chiefs under the Asere Divisional stool of Accra in the Greater Accra Region, have appealed to the Inspector- General of Police; Mr. John Kudalor, to arrest and prosecute the notorious Baba Amando, alias ‘Staff’ and Kweku Ayitey also known as ‘Nkwewonu’ for kidnapping and maltreating innocent persons in villages under the auspices of the stool.
The two believed to be land guards operatewith the support of some unscrupulous Soldiers in areas such as Pokuase, Doblo, Kwashiekuma,Kushiebiadey, Sapeiman, Kuntese and Opah, all villages under the Asere stool of Accra.
The land guards, who also parade themselves as Youth chiefs from the Amassaman area have been harassing and terrorizing innocent persons in these villages.
According to the chiefs of the area, the said land guards have been terrorizing their assigns without any provocation in the above mentioned areas of the Asere stool.
The Chiefs namely, Nii Osabu Kwei I, Sowutuom Mantse, Nii Aryeetey I, Opah Manste, Nii Tackie Oblio, Nii Kwei Tsuru, Manste of Kotoku, led by Nii Hefo Betsofa Asere I, Caretaker Chief of Bortianor in the Ga South Municipal Assembly, made the appeal in an interaction with the press after they lodged a complaint at the Property Fraud unit of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service over the activities of the said land guards in the area.
According to the Caretaker Chief of the Bortianor and Acting Dzasetse of Bubuashie, the mode of operation of the two land guards was to go round the said villages in the company of the armed soldiers toarrest persons believed to be working for the stool in the above mentioned villages without provocation.
He said, the land guards over the years, have been arresting innocent persons and workmen on site and dumping them at the Amassaman Police station without any charge whatsoever.
He stressed that in the current democratic dispensation, no single civilian, has the right to arrest any person, but the commander of the Amassaman Divisional Police, has allegedly been looking on for these land guards to perpetuate their illegalities in thesaid villages.
He warned, if this was allowed to continue there will be bloodshed in the said villages, as the chiefs would be compelled to mobilize their people to resist the actions of the soldiers, who have been accompanying ‘Staff’ and his group to perpetuate mayhem.
‘’They go about kidnapping innocent people,chiefs and their sub-chiefs and dumping them at the police station, is ‘Staff’ and his group of land guardspart of the law enforcing agency’’, he questioned.
He said any time the innocent persons, particularly the sub-chiefs of the stool are arrested, they are dumped at the Amassaman Police station without any charges, indicating that the commander of the station supports the illegalities being carried out by the land guards in the areas.
He said since the matter was reported to the Property Fraud unit of the CID, ‘Staff’ has not mustered the courage to appear before the investigator, namely Old Soldier, for investigations into the matter.
Yet,‘Staff’ still goes around the villages arresting innocent workmen, working for the stool for trespassing on their lands.
He called on the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Admiral Sampson Ojeto, to swiftly deal with his subordinates, who are found to have engaged in the illegal activities in these villages.