The Chief of Obileman in the Ga West municipality, Nii Ayitey Anumle Oyanka I, has expressed concern about the rate of rise of political vigilantism and landguards which could gradually mar the peace and stability of the country.
“Absolutely no one is above the law so government must ensure there is a clamp-down on all unlawful activities because their impunity painted a bad image about the country,” he noted.
He called for the immediate disbanding of vigilante groups and land guards.
Speaking in an interview with the Ghanaian Times yesterday, Nii Oyanka, who also doubles as the acting paramount chief of Abola Piam We, indicated that it was very necessary that all forms of disputes were addressed with all the seriousness they deserve before issues get out of hand.
He reiterated the need for security agencies to be on top of such issues since neutrality of the law must be seen to be working at all times.
“The nuisance groups are irrelevant because the security of the citizenry should be handled only by state security institutions and not any other informal group parading as “macho” men.
“Peace is important because without it, there can be no development and if the youth take pleasure in availing themselves to vigilantism and landguard activities, then the future of the country will be at risk,” Nii Oyanka cautioned.
He admonished them to desist from accepting offers from politicians and other influential people in society to disturb the peace and stability prevailing in the country.
Touching, on the sale of government lands, Nii Oyanka called on the Lands Commission to ensure that persons who come to register their lands are genuine owners before they are registered.
He stated that incidences where some landowners were denied access to their lands due to the fact that another individual had registered the property ahead of them was becoming rampant, thereby promoting land disputes in the country.
Nii Oyanka called on other chiefs and opinion leaders to exercise restraint when dealing with land litigation, saying “the menace is resulting in unnecessary tension in the country”.
He noted that “activities of landguards in some parts of the country had become rampant and we must not continue to look on unconcerned because terrorism is a crime, forcefully taking what belongs to someone else is a crime and all culprits must be brought to book”.
Nii Oyanka, however commended the president for recently coming out to declare displeasure about unlawful activities and urged him to extend seriousness in fight against galamsey to landguards.
By Raissa Sambou
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