La Land Disputes: Journalists Assaulted By Military Personnel

Journalists reporting on a demonstration by the Collation of La Associations were brutally assaulted by some military personnel deployed to the scene. Members of the group thronged the Kplejo land around the military cemetery to protest what they describe as a forceful capture of La stool lands by the military.

But the military personnel at the place chased the protestors; a move which culminated in attacks on some press folks deployed to cover the proceedings.

The protest by the La youth against the military was triggered by what the livid protestors described as an undue capture of some La stool lands by the military. The group were spotted with placards warning the military personnel to release their lands back to them.

According to the leaders of the group, the matter was taken to the Supreme Court where the court adjudged the case in their favour. After the court proceedings, the then Minister for Lands and Water Resources, Kweku Asamoah – Cheremeh further ordered that out of the eighty-six (86) acres of land, fifty-six parcels should be given back to the La Traditional Council; a directive the military has refused to comply with.

The Leader of the group, Jeffrey Tetteh Addressing the media
According to the Leader of the group, Jeffrey Tetteh explained that the La Traditional Council together with the Youth will fight till just is served.

At the scene of the protestations, some media personnel who were covering the events were brutally assaulted by some of the military officers. They angered military men also chased the protestors who were demanding for their lands and unleashed several beatings on them.

A Broadcast Journalist who works with TV Africa, Desmond Osae Amponsah was part of the group of Journalists who were beaten by the military personnel. according to him, he did nothing wrong to deserve such treatment by the military officers.

By Joseph Nana Yaw Cobbina

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