The Anti-Landguard Division of the Ghana Police Service has flooded Borteyman, Adjiringanor and Nma Dzorn communities in the Adenta Municipality of the Greater Accra Region to protect residents against activities of landguards in the enclave.
This follows a petition sent to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, over the menace in the Municipality.
The IGP, upon receipt of the petition, acted swiftly through the Anti-Languards division of the Ghana Police service. Residents say the IGP’s action has resulted in activities of landguards being reduced considerably.
One resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, indicated that these landguards are often in the company of some developers who are illegally taking legally acquired lands from owners with brute force and assault.
“We are most grateful; this municipality was becoming one that seemed not to be under any security control. Guns were fired indiscriminately and some people have been injured in the process. It was becoming a difficult place to raise our families, the reason we sent the petition to the IGP. Now there is much serenity, and we believe all the issues that need to be settled will be done in a peaceful manner so we can have a habitable community,” he said.
The Land Act 2020 prescribes a minimum five-year jail term and a maximum 15-year sentence for persons acting as landguards. Those who engage the services of same in Ghana also fall foul of the law.
“The deployment of an Anti-Landguard Unit by the Ghana Police Service is among one of the drastic measures employed to effectively end the activities of landguards in Accra.
“We wish to encourage the IGP and Anti-Landguard Division of the Ghana Police Service to continue fighting this menace of landguards in the whole of Greater Accra Region,” the resident added.