The 27 suspected land guards involved in alleged prohibited activities at Borteyman in Accra have been granted bail after spending two weeks on remand at Nsawam Medium Security Prison.

The accused were granted bail by the Circuit Court in Accra in the sum of GHc150,000 each, pegging the combined bail sum of the 27 at GHc4,050,000.

The sitting judge, His Honour Mr Samuel Bright Acquah, in addition to the bail sum, said they should produce three sureties.

Upon ruling on the application for bail by the defense lawyers, the judge, Mr Acquah, adjourned the case to September 5, 2023.

The accused had each pleaded not guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit crime to wit; false communication and prohibition of the activities of land guards, on their first day on August 10.

They were arrested on August 9 after they were said to have been involved in land guard activities.

Their lawyers have since contested that accusation against their clients.

Brief facts

Per the brief facts of the case presented to the Court, the Prosecution said, the complainant, Kenneth Brobbey is a pensioner.

The accused persons are; Adam Abdulla, (Excavator Operator), Abdul Ahmed, (mate), Abdulai Musah, (City Guard), Ali Musah, (businessman), Faisal Kassim, (farmer), Issah Mohammed, (Batcher), Sumala Amin, (footballer), Alhassan Osman, (Security man), Dawuda Namba, (businessman), Razak Yahaya, (Butcher) and Musah Ibrahim, (driver).

The others are Ibrahim Adamu (painter), Yusif Musah, (Footballer), Muniru Yusif, (Businessman), Muda Haref, (businessman), Willaim Addo, (motorbike Mechanic), Razak Abdul Raman, (butcher), Yakubu Saheed, (security man), and Bashiru Issa.

The rest are Wahab Moro, Maxwell Kuma, Mohammed Samdeen, Yaw Anthony alias Dogman, Wazil Mohammed, Abdallah Nicholas, and Mustapha.

The Prosecution stated that, in the year 2021, suspect, Benefor Kofi Ben Asamoah of Asamoah Properties demanded and collected $350,000 dollars from the complainant under the pretext of selling three acres of land situated at East Legon near Trassacco to him.

It’s stated that the suspect, after collecting the money, asked the complainant to wait as he was eager to begin development.

The Prosecution said the complainant, after several demands to go on the land, was called on August 9, 2023, by suspect Benefor Asamoah to come and observe.

Grading and demarcation

It stated that the grading and demarcation of the land occurred, and the complainant, in the company of his agent (Eric Ansah), went to the land and met the accused persons on the land and protect the Bulldozer operators and the mate to grade the land.

While the complainant was at the site observing the grading, representatives of Top-kings and Trassacco, who were fighting on the land, called the Police to report the activities of the land and the grading.

It said, that police patrol teams from the Accra Regional Headquarters swiftly moved to the scene and arrested the accused.

The complainant’s preliminary, investigation revealed that suspect Benefor Kofi Ben Asamoah engaged the services of the accused persons led by accused Muda Haref.

“Further investigation revealed that, suspect Benefor Kofi Ben Asamoah, currently (at large) invited victim Kenneth Brobbey to come and witness the grading of the land he had purportedly sold to him.

“The accused persons were charged with the provisional charge and brought before this Court, whilst effort are underway to get Benefor Kofi Ben Asamoah arrested for investigation. Case still under investigation,” it stated.