Chiefs and people of Ntoaso, Adoagyiri, Owuraku and Akuamu in the Eastern Region are accusing former first lady of Ghana, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings of unlawfully taking over lands belonging to them.

Head of the Ntoaso Family, Benjamin Dowuona-Ntoaso, speaking in an interview on Adom FM’s Morning Show Dwaso Nsem Thursday said Mrs Konadu Rawlings hid behind an executive instrument to grab some 770 acres of land, stretching from the Nsawam Cannery to the Koans Estate in 2013.

Documents available to indicate that the lessee, Nana Konadu, paid GHC 3,850 cedis for the 770-acre land for a lease period of 50 years, translating into about GHC 5.00 per acre.

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An additional 135.54 acres of land which was also leased out by the Eastern Regional Lands Commission, covers the entire township of Ntoaso and Owuraku and a greater part of Adoagyiri.

Contributing on the same issue on the same show, the Guantoahene who doubles as the Assemblyman of Adoagyiri, Odiasempa Amoako Ampong I, alleged that Mrs Rawlings has deployed landguards to terrorize the true landowners who are now treated as trespassers.

“The Nsawam cannery came to meet us here. My father and mother were born here. If the government acquired it and if the factory is no longer functioning, how can they sell it, telling us to quit? we won’t take it”, he said.

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Mr Dowuona-Ntoaso noted that residents in these communities on Wednesday, July 5, 2018, took to the streets to demonstrate against Mrs Rawlings for illegally giving out their lands to a private developer, KOANS Estate, without their knowledge.

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He said residents in those communities now lived in fear as a result of the activities of KOANS Estate.

Watch the video above for the entire discussion on the matter.