An Abeka-Lapaz Magistrate Court in Accra yesterday remanded six (6) persons in police custody for causing bloody violence at Tettegu community in the Ga South Municipality in the Grater Accra Region.
The six, who have been placed in custody in the Accra Regional Police Command, are Mawunya Atukpa, Sammy Agbo Atukpa, Gale Soldier Ativor and Atitso Carpenter and other two suspects, whose names were not known.
They were arrested by a team police officers at the Weija District Police Command in connection with land dispute clashes at Tettegu, following an official report lodged with the police by some elders of the area.
The incident, which occurred on Monday, March 25, 2018 according to the court, left scores of persons including Messers Michael Ahorgah, Anottey Kpakpo and Faidzoe Mawunyo sustaining varied degress of injuries
The court noted that properties including a vehicle, two mobile phones, building tools and cadastral survey plan of Tettegu township were violently destroyed.
The accused persons whose pleas were not taken are to reappear in court on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.
Briefing Today on the arrest, senior police investigators with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at Weija District Police Command confirmed that the six suspects were arrested after the chief of Tettegu, Nii Kofi Kumah I, and Aplaku Mantse, Nii Kwei, had lodged an official report with the police on Monday, March 25, 2018 in which they alleged that the suspects had wounded some innocent residents who had visited their land sites in Tettegu.
Nii Kofi Kumah I and Nii Kwei, according to the police officers, mentioned in the statement that the suspects inflicted cutlass wounds on Messers Michael Ahorgah, Anottey Kpakpo and Faidzoe Mawunyo over the claim of ownership of their lands.
According to the police, upon the arrest of the six suspects mentioned earlier, they were sent to the Accra Regional Police Command, saying that after their interrogations they were charged and arraigned before the Abeka-Lapaz Magistrate Court.
Consequently, the court, presided over by Her Lordship, Mrs Victoria Ganason, yesterday remanded in police custody the Principal Elder of Tettegu, Mr Elias Awuku Vorvornu (Wokunakpa) and Asafoatse, Mr Happy Atukpa.
The court further issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Tettegu Stool Elder, Gashie Tamakloe, Okyeame of Tettegu, Mr Livingston Atukpa and Tettegu Stool Elder, Mr Amuzu Akukpa, for the charge of threat of death on the Chief of Tettegu, Nii Kofi Kumah, and his kinsmen.
However, these elders failed to appear in court for the trial.
According to reports from the court, the elders of Tettegu were charged before court due to their countless letters to Nii Kofi Kumah and his followers, threatening them with death for ‘trespassing’ on their lands in Tettegu.
One of the said letters dated January 18, 2014, signed by Mr Elias Awuku Vorvornu, Mr Gashie Tamakloe, Mr Amuzu Akukpa and Mr Livingston Atukpa which was intercepted by Today reads in part: “We are reminding you about our letter we wrote to you concerning termination of the proposal to the Memorandum of Understating (MoU) of Tare Property Development Company signed on May 7, 2003 which you are the surviving grantor of the aforementioned of the lease.”
The letter, which landed the elders of Tettegu into hot waters, goes on to state: “This are some of the reasons why we are advising you to terminate the MoU (the voice of the people is the voice of God.) Failure to comply, we will advise ourselves.”
Meanwhile, Today can report that Tettegu, a fishing community, has now become a hotspot for chieftaincy and land.
Following this development, the residents have called on the police to come to their aid.
Story: Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU