Achimota School has been granted the power by an Accra High Court to regain its lands from encroachers after seven years of litigation.

The School has for years been battling with encroachers some of whom have gone ahead to start developing what they claim is their property.

The Association Old Achimotan’s (AKORA) have taken it upon themselves to seek legal help for the School to reclaim the land from developers.

Some developers and land guards have invaded the land putting up structures without permits and threatening the lives of school authorities that question them.

However, an Accra High Court on Monday ruled that the lands in question belong to the School.

According to Justice Aduamah Osei, the school has the power to reclaim the lands from all encroachers.

Justice Aduamah Osei dismissed the claims brought by Netlynk and 66 others against the School, and instead upheld Achimota School’s counterclaims.

The court, however, held back on judgement regarding the question of which of the 67 encroachers would be liable to pay damages for the destruction and to have their property repossessed by the School.

The court ordered lawyers to file legal arguments on this question by July 4 for final orders in that respect to be made on July 17.

According to the court, the properties of Netlynk and 66 others are on the School’s land.

Also, the Oku We and the Owoo families had no title to the areas encroached on and had no right to grant leases of land to other people.

Further, Netlynk and 66 others were not “bona fide purchasers” and were reckless in acquiring their respective purported grants from the Oku We and Owoo families.

As a result, Netlynk and 66 others have trespassed onto the School’s land; and the School is entitled to repossess its land and to damages for the destruction caused to the School’s properties including the farm and sewage system.

source: myjoyonline

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