2 SOLDIERS CLASH WITH DOME FAASE RESIDENTS OVER LAND
Two Military Personnel have been assaulted by some residents of Dome Faase near Obom in the Greater Accra Region over a piece of land in the area.
The soldiers and some civilians sustained injuries after a clash with the residents while protecting the property for the Mponuahene of Akyem Apedwa over a land boundary dispute on Tuesday August 25.
According to the Spokesman for the residents, there have been rumours of armed land guards working with military personnel to terrorize their communities.
“Three weeks ago we heard rumours of activities on Ga lands that fall precisely under the Domeabra Obong constituency. Further investigations revealed that the presence of a team of armed land guards was working with some military personnel terrorizing the communities, claiming the Akyem stool sent them,” he said.
Reports say the soldiers said the residents had been demonstrating over the ownership of the land when the incident occurred.
One of the soldiers who identified himself as Clement Asare-Addo said warning shots had been fired with the hope of dispersing the agitated residents. However, this backfired.
“Our work is that we give a warning shot and when they stop then their leader and our leader will sit down and talk. But this one, it didn’t happen like that. They came to us and attacked us saying that we came here voluntarily,” he said.
According to his narration, the army officer who indicated that he was stationed at the Army Headquarters said the residents accused them of not having been officially assigned to that post.
He added that even after explaining to the leader of the group that they were not criminals, the group simply would not listen to reason and proceeded to beat him and his colleague up.
“Their leader came there and we informed him that we are not criminals. So if there is anything else, they should exercise patience and lead us to your chief or wherever then we continue,” he pleaded.
Clement said their pleas and cries of innocence fell on deaf ears as the residents continued to beat them.
Meanwhile the Divisional Chief of Obom Traditional Council, Nii Kpakpo Amartey has blamed the Ghana Armed Forces for getting involved in chieftaincy issues.
“Practically, we are not in an era of tribal intimidation. So the Akyem Mponuahene and the estate development company should be mindful that administrative boundaries do not serve as chieftaincy boundaries. Moreover, nobody is above the laws of the country. We are stating emphatically that we will not sit idle and watch on for these atrocities to go on. We the members of the affected communities are prepared to tame them as men of valour and might. We are certain that the office of the President will not superintend over land guard issues so the office must act swiftly to bring the activities of these hooligans to a halt before any escalation”, he said.