Apartments and a glass factory building owned by the Tiger Eye’s investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas are set to be pulled down following a court order.
This is set to happen following a previous court order directing the journalist to discontinue the building process after it had been petitioned over a land dispute by the land owner, Adolf Tetteh Adjei. Mr. Aremeyaw Anas reportedly disregarded the order and went ahead with the construction.
The court which was presided over by Justice Kwame Gyamfi Osei ruled that instead of the journalist doing the demolishing himself, the land owner, Mr. Adjei should be awarded GH₵100,000.00 to use for the exercise.
Reports indicate that Anas after the court verdict made several attempts to stage negotiations on purchasing the whole land in order to keep his structures.
But, the land owner is reportedly uninterested in selling the land to the journalist due to an allegation that Mr. Anas collaborated with land guards and the police to terrorize him for years in the wake of the land dispute.
According to court records, indeed the journalist involved the police and land guards while raising his buildings regardless of the fact that the land was subject to court litigation.
The court hearing on the case reportedly took 5 years to reach a verdict. The final judgment was issued on May 4, 2023. Anas is said to have taken over a 2-acre land at Tse-Ado in the Greater Accra region, a land the journalist said in court belongs to him on the grounds of customary grant.
But this claim, the plaintiff, Mr. Adjei argued was a lie. Mr. Adjei explained in court that the journalist, one day appeared on the land and “caused a signpost to be erected on the land with the inscription “Tiger Eye Property. Keep off,” and also employed the services of land guards to purportedly provide security for unlawful construction works.”
Mr. Anas in his defence had also argued that Mr. Adjei’s claim of ownership of the land “was tainted by fraud.”
The court upon examination of the facts presented it ruled that “The law would not permit anyone to allege fraud without proving same beyond reasonable doubt. One would also not be permitted to win the sympathy of the court by alleging fraud against his adversary without proving same beyond reasonable doubt.”