The La Stool/Traditional Council have resolved to embark on series of demonstrations and other lawful means to recover their lands, should President Akufo-Addo fail to call the Military to order.

The Council are raising concerns over what they describe as wanton annexation and continuous encroachment of their lands by the military, contrary to arrangements in place to release their lands to them.

They made these comments during a tour by members of the La Traditional Council, the Trustees of the East Dadekotopon Development Trust, and the Coalition of Associations in La (COLA) to see for themselves activities of the military on the lands.

The council says they have held negotiations with the government, represented by the former Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, over the matter.

They explained that it was pronounced at the end of the negotiations in November 2020 in the presence of the military and senior officials of the Lands Commission that parts of the lands should be released to the La Stool adding that the parts required by the military should be acquired through due process.

The parties in the negotiation, according to the Stool, were asked to exercise restraint by halting all activities on the land until the agreement is firmed up and boundaries of the La Stool and the military delineated.

Speaking to the media on behalf of the La Stool/Traditional Council, Nii Adjei Koofeh IV (La Shikitele) indicated that the current happenings are very injurious to their position.

“Their [military’s] actions are quite disturbing to the La Stool. We have been very magnanimous to the State, most prime lands of La have been used for purposes of national interest.”

The military has taken most of our land without due process and proper documentation. All that came up during our deliberations at the ministry, so if they intend to do something, they should follow due process.

They called on the security agency to “be law abiding and comply with the tenets of the constitution in order not to bring the name of their Commander in Chief into disrepute.”