Preliminary investigations into reports that the late former Forestry Commission Chief Executive, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, also known as Sir John, bequeathed portions of the Achimota Forest Reserve and Ramsar site lands to his relatives have revealed that the will in question is being challenged in court, according to the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources.
It further claimed that there are no documents at the Lands and Forestry Commissions to back up accusations that the late Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie bought land in the Achimota Forest or the Sakumono Ramsar Site Lands.
“Preliminary inquiries reveal that the alleged Will in question is a subject matter of litigation or contestation in the courts.”
“Further checks at the Lands and the Forestry Commissions, the repositories of the records of thelands in question, show no record of ownership of Lands at, the Achimota Forest or the Sakumono Ramsar Site, by the late Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie.”
Nonetheless, the Ministry went ahead to nullify any ownership of the Achimota Forest and the Sakumono Ramsar site as captured in the document purported to be Sir John’s will.
“That said, given the totality of the circumstances of the said allegations, I, as Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, have directed the Lands and Forestry Commissions to deem any ownership of lands, both, in the Achimota Forest and the Sakumono Ramsar Site by the late Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie as void and are to take the appropriate actions accordingly.”
“For the avoidance of doubt, the bequeathing of the aforesaid lands, if established, will not pass any interest/title to the named beneficiaries in the alleged Will. These lands, the subject matter of the alleged Will, shall remain Public Lands, whether or not it falls within the de-gazetted lands pursuant to E.I 144.”
“Government will act on any improper acquisition of any Public Lands, regardless of how it was procured, whether now or in the past, and the Achimota Forest Lands will not be an exception,” it further assured