Some unscrupulous top officials at the lands Commission’s branch in Kumasi, in the Ashanti region, may soon be dragged to court to show cause why they should not be imprisoned for secretly faking documents and signatures to facilitate the sales of a widow’s property without her consent.

property; plot no. 20 block T, located at Adiembra belonged to one Angelina Osei Assibey by virtue of a high court’s ruling on a divorce case with her late husband, Frank Osei Assibey.

According to a document intercepted by this paper , an assignment dated 27th august , 1982, was made between frank Osei Assibey and Angelina Osei Assibey (formerly Gertrude Sarpong) in trust for Papa Kwame Owusu-Sekyere (then a minor) , which was registered on 6th September 1982 under title no. 9731 and serial no. 537/82.

The property, according to a search results signed by Nana Yaa A.A Nnuro, the Commission’s regional Lands Officer (Legal), was a subject matter of a lease dated 23rd July, 1982 and made between the Government of the republic of Ghana and Frank Osei Assibey for a period of 99 years, from 1st April 1978.

Few years after the transfer of the property into Angelina Osei Assibey’s name, she instructed her lawyers to place a caveat on the property; of which the land Commission was duly notified.

Another part of the search results document signed by the Regional Lands Officer further confirmed that a “caveat from W. Kusi Legal Consult dated 25th February, 2013 to bring to our notice ownership of the house, according to high court judgment is in favor of five children of Angelina Osei- Assibey, and to reject any SALE or PURCHASE of the said property have been received “.

Shockingly, after the death of Frank Osei Assibey, his family members including one of her daughters , a certain comfort ,(out of wedlock) who claimed to be administrators of Frank Osei Assibey’s Estate issued a writ to the commercial court in Kumasi, to permit them auction the said property to cover debts of the deceased.

Lawyers for Angelina Osei Assibey however filed a motion against the sale or purchase of the house, and with further exhibits to clearly prove ownership of the property, but were miserably turned down by the court, on grounds that the chambers of which counsel for the defendant (Angelina) was representing had their certificate expired.

Interestingly, even before the court ordered that the property be sold, payment had already been made weeks earlier, and with support from top officials at the Lands Commission with forged documents and signatures to cover the transaction.

Nana Aboa II, Regional Lands Officer at the Commission, in an interview believes the commission had done nothing wrong to facilitate the sale of the house.

According to him, the caveat placed on the property by counsel for Angelina Osei Assibey was just an administrative process, and was superseded by the order from the court, “if we had not obliged, the court could have held us for contempt, I will rather advise the lawyer for the woman in question to push harder for an appeal”, he added.

However, the legal team at the Commission, according to reliable sources in their corridors have hinted they are secretly in talks with counsel for Angelina Osei-Assibey, Lawyer William Kusi, to strengthen moves to compel the court to set aside the sale of the property.

By: Samuel Ansah Boateng

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