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Judicial Service sues Attorney General, 2 others over encroachment of land

July 2, 2024
Judicial Service sues Attorney General, 2 others over encroachment of land

The Judicial Service of Ghana has initiated a lawsuit against the , the Lands Commission, and an oil company over ongoing developments on a piece of land opposite the American Embassy in Cantonments,

The Judicial Service is asserting its claim to the land and six bungalows, alleging in its suit filed at the High Court that these properties are being encroached upon.

Mandy Dzifa Kwawukume, the solicitor for the Judicial Service, detailed in the writ that the contested space and bungalows have recently served as residences for several justices, including Justice Yaw Appau, Justice C. J. Honyenugah, and Justice Vida Akoto Bamfo, among others. 

The suit highlights that a total of 14 residences, including one belonging to the Robin Batu family, are affected by this encroachment.

The Judicial Service's legal action seeks to halt the developments and reclaim the property, emphasising the significance of these residences to the judiciary. 

It is therefore seeking a “declaration that the plaintiff is the lawful occupant of the land and bungalows opposite American Embassy, labelled Plot 3A to 3F with six number of houses thereon” and also “that any purported sale, lease, grant or disposal of the land and bungalows opposite American Embassy, labelled Plot 3A to 3F with six number of houses thereon is unconstitutional and unlawful.”

Additionally, the Judicial Service is demanding general damages and costs and seeking “an order of perpetual injunction to restrain the defendants by themselves, their agents, servants, privies, lessees, grantees, assigns or whosoever from entering, undertaking or purporting to undertake the sale, lease, grant or disposal of the land and bungalows the subject matter of this suit.” 

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