A Nigeria-born businessman who is said to have helped fund the election campaign of President Nana Akufo-Addo is allegedly leveraging his connection with the President to tyrannize a private citizen.
Boniface Amandi, Director of Aluminum Enterprise Limited (AEL), has allegedly commandeered a piece of land at Katamanto in the Greater Accra Region and put it under a stranglehold, in spite of the land’s owner.
While at it, he is said to have used bully tactics, including peddling the name and influence of the President, to scare off the owners of the land
Mr. Amandi is said to have also engaged the services of drug-using land guards to keep the land off limits to its owners, in spite of administrative and legal attestations to the ownership of the land.
The Republic has made several attempts to get Boniface Amandi to speak to the issue, but he has not picked calls to his only available contact (a Vodafone number), neither has he replied to a text message through that same line.
In 1955, Mamud Kabbara, a businessman, acquired the land in question, located at Katamanto, from the colonial government of the then Gold Coast.
Along with the necessary documentation, Mr. Kabbara, who is late now, had had the land, which belongs to the Ghana Railways Corporation, on lease for 21 years with right to renewal.
However, 40 years ago, Boniface Amandi encroached on the land and has since built a warehouse on it, without, allegedly paying a dime in rent.
Rhanda Kabbara, a grand-daughter of the late Mamud Kabbara, recently started the process to evict the encroacher from the land, but, in spite of the procurement of all the necessary documents, she has not been successful as Mr. Amandi has flatly refused to budge.
Ms Kabbara has presented letters of administration and a valuation report from the Supreme Court, a hoarding permit from the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), and other documents from the Railways Company, but Mr. Boniface has refused to give up the land.
He is said to have advised Ms Kabbara to forget about the land because it is his party that is in government at the moment.
Allegedly, he is said to have boasted that he is a financier of the campaign of President Akufo-Addo and that there is no authority in Ghana which can compel him to give up the land.
In addition to that, he is said to have left the land at Katamanto in the care of some wee-smoking thugs, believed to be Nigerians, to keep the land off limit to Ms Rhanda Kabbara and her family.
The Republic made several attempts to get through to Mr. Amandi to get his side of the story, but the AEL Director has not been available. Calls to him have not yielded feedback, neither has a text message.
Ms Rhanda Kabbara too has not been available for comment.
Consequent to the alleged bully tactics by Mr. Amandi, Ms Kabbara and her family have been left stranded, even though they are said to have spent over 600million old cedis over the parcel of land.
Interestingly, this same Boniface Amandi, who is alleged to be using his connections to the President to bully the Kabbara family off their property, was jailed for contempt over his disrespect of court order and fined GHc2million for forging documents in 2004.
The Nigerian had been convicted to 10 days imprisonment for contempt of court. He had, in addition, been fined GHc2 for forging documents, which were already before the court for another transaction.
In his ruling, Justice Nana Gyamera Tawiah said in 1997, Amandi had presented documents of his house at Lartebiokoshie as security for the clearance of equipment described as Roll Former Machinery valued at 73,000 pounds Sterling from Tema Port.
He had been allowed to take delivery of the equipment after he had provided title documents of his house at Lartebiokorshie as security in a case pending before the court. However, a dispute had broken between Amandi and his business partner over the clearance of the equipment from the port.
The court had therefore asked either of them to provide a security for the clearance of the goods, and this Amandi had done by providing title documents of his house.
However in 1999, while the documents on the house were still with the court, Amandi had executed a mortgage with the Social Security Bank (SSB) with forged documents of the same house at Lartebiokorshie for the sum of 73,000 pounds sterling.
The court ruled that by Amandi’s action, he breached judicial orders of the court and convicted him to 10 days imprisonment for contempt and GHc2 for the forgery.