Some residents in the Gomoa Nyanyano and its environs have issued a one-week ultimatum to the Inspector General of Police, Mr. James Oppong-Bonuah, and the president of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo to as a matter of urgency, see to the eradication of land guard activities in the communities, or else they would take the laws of the land into their own hands.
This comes at the back of a recent attack by a group of land guards numbering about five hundred on a Police Officer with the Millenium City Police Command of the Ghana Police Service, ACP Prince Wabu and his men in an attempt to stop the land guards from demolition landed properties belonging to the salt miners in the Gomoa Nyanyano and its surrounding communities.
Narrating the incident to this reporter, a resident and also a salt miner in the community stated that the Police Officer and his men stormed the area after several complaints of the illegal activities of the land guards had been reported to them, but unfortunately, had to retreat quickly due to the large number of the armed land guards that greeted them upon arrival.
Commenting on the development in the area, the Chief of Gomoa Dampase Nene Oheme lamented that the businesses, and for that matter the existence and security of the local folks feel threatened. He believes that the notorious land guards have connived with or enjoy some kind of protection from some police officers from the Greater Accra Police Command, and operatives from the National Security to use illegal means to possess their lands, and that, he concluded, raises serious security issues.
He has therefore called on the Greater Accra Regional Police Commander to order his men to withdraw from their lands since the lands in contention do not fall anywhere near the Greater Accra administrative boundaries.
The Member of Parliament for the Gomoa East Constituency, Hon. Desmond De-Graft Paitoo, and the District Chief Executive of the area, Hon. Solomon Darko Quarm have collectively condemned the actions of the land guards on the security enforcers, and have called on the Central Regional Police Command and the Regional Minister to quickly come to their aid to end the activities of the handguard.
Meanwhile, the Gomoa East Divisional Police Command is yet to comment on the matter.