Alhaji Ibrahim Ayiku, the head of the Sausi clan of Tsopoli, says his unlawful arrest by the police and subsequent erroneous media publicity have psychologically affected him adversely.
He told Awake News that the Property Fraud Office at the Police Headquarters, Accra, invited him on the resistance of some youth at Tsopoli, where a private developer was working on a plot of land earmarked for a taxi station.
“My clan released the land at Tsopoli to the taxi drivers for their station. So, when the youth saw a different developer, with armed military personnel, on the land to develop it, they thronged to the site to resist the development on it.
“The military arrested some of the youth and took them to the Property Fraud Office in Accra where the police invited me as the head of the clan,” he explained.
At the police station, the police said Alhaji Ibrahim had been on their wanted list for over a year for his involvement in various land guard activities.
Shocked at the statement by the police, Alhaji Ibrahim said he was not permitted to utter a word.
“The youth who resisted the private developer are not land guards. I am not a land guard either, but the police invited the media and presented me as the kingpin of land guards at Tsopoli to humiliate me.
Since those publications two weeks ago, my life has been in danger. My children are embarrassed too by that false publicity from the police,” Alhaji Ibrahim narrated.
He said he has never sold a piece of land before since he became the head of the Sausi clan, daring anybody to counter his position on this matter.
He said had the police conducted a meticulous investigation, they would have known that he has never been a land guard “and I cannot be one. I am a gainful self-employed man. I am a farmer and own cattle. I don’t need to sell land illegally to survive,” he noted.
By: Umar Sheriff Musah