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27-May-2015  
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Opanin Kofi Nkansah, an octogenarian, has appealed to the Chief Justice to intervene to give him justice over the unlawful destruction of his nine-acre citrus and oil palm farm.

He has been litigating the matter in a Kumasi High Court but the case has dragged on for about six years.

The farmer said he was eager to see the end to the legal tussle after justice was duly served.

The frail-looking Opanin Nkansah, alias 'Agya Doctor', who could not hide his frustrations, in a shaky voice, said, “It will be most unfair and wrong for me to join my creator with the case pending and undecided by the court. Things certainly need to speed up.”

Plantation

The plantation was allegedly cut down by a sand-winning contractor to pave way for his activities.

Opanin Nkansah told the Ghana News Agency that the farm served as his only source of livelihood and that its loss had dealt him a terrible blow, reducing him to a pauper.

“My son, I am now living on charity, it is by the generosity of the God's Church of Peace at the Kumasi Airport Roundabout that I am being housed, fed and clothed.”

He said he was deeply saddened and troubled by the turn of events, adding that he had gone into agriculture because he did not want to become a burden on anybody in his old age.

“Regrettably, I now find myself in the undignified situation I had tried to avoid,” he said.

Background

Opanin Nkansah, who hails from Mamponteng in the Kwabre East District, established his farm at Nerebehi in the Atwima-Nwabiagya District more than three decades ago.

He says he has relevant legal documents (lease and indenture) signed by the appropriate authorities giving him title to the land on which he cultivated the citrus and oil palm.

 
 
Source: GNA
 
 

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