Posted by News Express | 22 June 2020 | 599 times
The Osu Traditional Council in Ghana on Monday laid claim to the parcel of land on which a building belonging to the Nigerian High Commission was pulled down last week.
Osu council in a statement signed by Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI, the owner of the property trespassed, adding that several attempts to prevent him from paying for the land had proved futile.
Some unknown persons, over the weekend, demolished a structure near the Nigerian High Commission.
The Nigerian government said the property belongs to its Mission in Ghana.
But reacting to the development, the Osu stool said in a statement that it has title to the parcel of land in question, which, it noted, is separate from that which is currently being occupied by the Nigerian High Commission.
It said the stool has a high level of respect for foreign missions and has, therefore, on several occasions, verbally informed the unidentified trespasser about the ownership status of the land through the security personnel resident on the parcel of land but he/she still went ahead to put up a structure.
The statement noted that “lands that fall within the entire Osu Mantse layout are not state lands but part of the Osu Paramount Stool Lands. As such, it is only the stool that has the mandate to grant leases, be it expired or otherwise.
“Forceful acquisition of these lands by trespassers who hide behind foreign offices and political influence” must stop.
Below is the full statement by the council:
TRESPASSING ON THE PARCEL OF LAND BELONGING TO THE OSU STOOL
The Paramount Chief of the Osu Traditional Area and the President of the Greater Accra Regional
House of Chiefs, Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI, wishes to make known to the general public that all that piece of land situate at West Ridge in the Greater Accra Region of the Republic of Ghana belonging to Osu Stool has been trespassed upon.
The said parcel of land and the entire Osu Mantse layout is not State Land but is a part of Osu Paramount Stool land and as such it is only the Stool that has the mandate to grant leases, be it expired or otherwise.
As such, the following should be noted:
The Osu Stool, therefore, wishes to inform the General Public and all concerned that lands that fall within the entire Osu Mantse layout is not State Land but is a part of Osu Paramount Stool Lands. As such it is only the Stool that has the mandate to grant leases be it expired or otherwise. Forceful acquisition of these lands by trespassers who hide behind foreign offices and political influence should desist from doing so.
We entreat the media to be extremely cautious in their reportage and not to relay any messages of this sort with no research evidence or support documentation, relating to the confirmation of ownership of Osu Stool Lands.
Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI (Text, excluding headline, courtesy Nigerian Tribune)
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