In a gripping exchange of gunfire in Tuba, a town situated in the Ga South municipality of the Greater Accra region, members of the Anti-Robbery unit of the Ghana Police Service have reportedly taken the lives of nine individuals suspected to be land guards.
According to an account by eyewitness Kwabena Mensah as reported by Onuaonline.com, the alleged land guards had arrived at the location to demand payment for digging from a group of masons who were engaged in construction work in the vicinity.
In response to the unlawful intrusion, the police, who had been deployed to address such activities, swiftly intervened. However, the situation quickly escalated as the suspects opened fire, compelling the officers to retaliate in self-defense.
Mensah revealed that eight of the suspected land guards met their unfortunate demise on the spot, while another individual lost his life during transportation in a police vehicle.
Following the distressing turn of events, Serwaa Agyapong, a resident who claims to be related to one of the deceased, expressed her profound shock.
Agyapong vehemently asserted that her brother, who tragically lost his life in the incident, worked as a steel bender and was not associated with any land-guard activities.
The intense confrontation between the police and the alleged land guards draws attention to the escalating issue of land-guard activities in the region, underscoring the challenges faced by law enforcement in their relentless battle against this menace.
n light of the gravity of the situation, the police authorities are expected to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the incident. The objective is to ascertain the precise circumstances surrounding the event and provide clarity on the matter.
The aftermath of this unfortunate event leaves the community grappling with shock and questions, as they come to terms with the loss of lives and the need to address the underlying factors fueling land-guard activities.
It is hoped that the investigation will shed light on the incident, paving the way for appropriate actions and measures to be taken to curtail such occurrences in the future.