A retired Chief Inspector of Police, Alhaji Mohammad Alidu has appealed to the Ministry of Lands, Forestry and Mines and the Chief Executive of Tema Municipal Assembly to bring to book Sallah Kalmoni, Managing Director of Lakeside Estate Limited.
The petitioner accused Mr. Kalmoni, a Lebanese, of trespassing and demolishing his structures and that of other innocent Ghanaians at Lakeside Estate located at Ashale-Botwe, near Madina in Accra.
“Kalmoni has taken the law into his own hands and demolished so many buildings of innocent Ghanaians without any court order,” he told CITY&BUSINESS GUIDE in an interview in Accra.
The retired Chief Inspector said as at now, there were so many houses Mr Kalmoni had marked to demolish without any court order.
He further accused the man of encroaching on the land belonging to Lands and Housing Limited and selling a plot of land for $6,000 to rich men in society.
“This criminal exploitation of Ghanaians by a foreigner and for that matter, a Lebanese, should be nipped in the bud once and for all. I am therefore appealing to Lands, Forestry and Mines and the Chief Executive of Tema Municipal Assembly to bring Kalmoni to order,” he appealed.
Lakeside Real Estate Limited recently came under severe attacks.
On September 24, 2007, the company was attacked by a mob of land guards, who totally burnt down two completed houses.
They also burnt partially, three completed ones of the company. The properties of Lakeside Estate Limited which were destroyed by the mob had been estimated at ¢1.5 billion.
Board Chairman of the company, Dr Kwame Gyamfi had said at a press conference in Accra that Lakeside Estate Limited was the rightful owner of the land, stressing that “the lease was signed by Nii Afotey Odai IV, then acting Nungua Mantse in September 1995”.
Dr Gyamfi added: “Subsequently, the title was perfected under the Land Title Registration Law 1986, and documented as Land Title Certificate No. TD.0513.”
However, Alhaji Alidu said the land had been taken away from the company by the Nungua chiefs and given to Lands and Housing Limited because it had failed to use the land for its intended purpose, which was cattle-breeding.
“When you go to Lands Commission, you will find out that the rightful owners of the land are Lands and Housing Limited and not Lakeside Estate Limited,” he charged.
By Felix Dela Klutse