5 granted GH¢150,000 bail for allegedly acting as landguards

All the accused, who are jointly held for conspiracy to commit crime and prohibition of activities of landguards, pleaded not guilty.

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They are Kingsley Dunoo, aka “Raggae”, a security man; Mohammed Nartey, a vulcanis­er; Clement Tetteh, a borehole operator; Dodzi Atsidutse, a mason, and Evans Acheampong, a construction labourer.

All the accused, who are jointly held for conspiracy to commit crime and prohibition of activities of landguards, pleaded not guilty.

Assistant Superintendent of Police, (ASP) Raymond Ackom, prosecuting, opposed the bail re­quested because according to him the accused when released would interfere with investigations into the matter.

He also said they would not avail themselves to stand trial when granted bail.

But the court, presided over by Mrs Basilia Adjei-Tawiah, over­ruled the objection, admitted the accused to GH¢30,000.00 bail with two sureties each to be justified, and adjourned the case to June 25.

ASP Ackom said the com­plainant, Fred Kwaku Anning, who resides at Weija, Accra, was a businesswoman, while the accused resided at Mataheko, Afienya and Dodowa.

The prosecution also stated that the complainant, who was the lawful representative for Ages Investment Company Limited, pe­titioned the Director-General/CID on the activities of land guards and the threat of death in connection with land situated at Dodowa, by some family members of Odoi­Kese family of Obosomase.

The court heard that the accused said their company was in court with the Odoi Kese family of Obosomase over the ownership of the land at the High Court, Koforidua.

ASP Ackom said on October 7, 2023, the court granted an interim injunction restraining the Odoi­Kese family and their agents from having anything to do with the said land until the final determination of the case.

The prosecution said: “Despite the Court orders, the Odoi Kese family resorted to the use of land guards and harassing their grantees amidst gunshots and threatening of innocent people in the area.”

ASP Ackom further said on May 8, 2024, the complainant led police to the land at Dodowa, and arrested the accused who had gath­ered under a tree protecting some workmen to develop the land for Prophet Kwasi Awoso, who was unknown to the police.

Moreover, the prosecution­ highlighted that when the police conducted a search where the ac­cused had gathered,they retrieved a pump action gun loaded with seven BB live cartridges hidden in the bush.

ASP Ackom said the ac­cused denied knowledge of the weapon, and mentioned in their caution statement that Isaac Ametepe of Wise Ink Investment Limited, engaged them to guard the workmen to work on the land.

The court heard preliminary investigations disclosed that the accused were among a group of land guards, formed to harass prospective buyers of land in the area.