Court grants GH₵500,000 bail to accused vigilantes in land dispute case

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Court grants GH₵500,000 bail to accused vigilantes in land dispute case: Ghana News

Two individuals accused of vigilantism and causing harm in a land dispute case have been granted GH₵500,000 bail each with two sureties by the Circuit Court Four.

The accused, Nii Sakumano Sei-Tse, 62, and Nii Abele, 55, were charged with conspiring to commit these offenses.

The court ordered that their sureties must provide land titles equivalent to half of the bail amount and deposit their Voter's Identity cards, Ghana Cards, or passports that have not expired.

The complainant, Mr. Prosper Max Lotsu, a lawyer and resident of Nungua, had purchased four plots of land from GborbuWulomo, the overlord of the Nungua Traditional Area in 2010. He subsequently put up a fence wall around the land.

The accused allegedly trespassed on the land, attempting to divide it into two.

A Police Regional SWAT Patrol team was dispatched to the scene to assist the complainant, leading to the arrest of Nii Sei-Tse for investigation, although he was later granted Police inquiry bail.

However, on October 17, 2023, the accused persons, along with a group of land guards, were allegedly involved in unlawful damage to the fence wall.

After their arrest during the incident, they were charged with the offenses and brought before the court.

While seeking bail, their counsel, Lawyer Paul AsibiAbarigah, argued that the accused were not flight risks, would appear to stand trial, had substantial individuals to stand as sureties, had fixed places of abode, and pleaded innocence.

In opposition, the prosecution cited the accused's alleged refusal to comply with police inquiry bail terms and their involvement in causing damage, requiring the Police SWAT Unit's intervention.

They argued that granting bail could lead to non-appearance at trial and potential interference with ongoing investigations.

The accused persons have been instructed to report back to the Court on November 20, 2023, while efforts to arrest their accomplices are underway.

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