The Coalition of La Youths Association wants a parliamentary probe into the violence unleashed on them when they protested against what they say is an encroachment of their lands by the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF).

The group want Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin to immediately constitute a bipartisan committee to investigate the issues and call the military to order.

Jeffrey Tetteh, the spokesperson of the Coalition, said, “We wish to call on the Speaker of Parliament to institute a bi-partisan probe into the event of the Thursday, April 15, in which the GAF exhibited do much I discipline and disregard for life and Kim and engaging in conduct contrary to their military code and bring the perpetrators to book in accordance with the laws of Ghana.”

The group converged and protested on some lands in contention located between Tse Addo and Airport Hills, around the Military Cemetery to register their displeasure over the military’s encroachment and were violently removed from the premises including the media, an action the Ghana Armed Forces has justified as necessary to protect sole military installations.

The Coalition is also demanding that the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources Samuel Abu Jinapor to stick to a consensus reached between the La Traditional Council, the Military and government days before the 2020 to hand back the land to the people of La, noting that the only way the military can take over the land is if they kill all of them.

He continued “the Coalition of La Association wishes to inform the Minister and government that the good people of La will not countenance anything short of the implementation of the consensus already reached. It is our firm view that the consensus reached at the meeting with the previous Minister of Lands at the meeting which all interested parties were present, is binding on the current Minister and he cannot depart from it”

“Any attempt at altering those decisions or even trying to reopen negotiations on the subject matter will not only be a sign of disrespect to the Chiefs amd people of La but also a mockery of the time consuming 2-year long consensus building process engaged in by all interested parties”, he stressed.

Members of the La Traditional Council, the Trustees of the East Dadekotopon Development Trust, and the Coalition of La Associations in La (COLA) have vowed to ensure that the right thing is done as far as the military’s activities on the land is concerned.