Some traders at Lamashugu near the industrial area in the Tamale Metropolis are up in arms against the Lamashugu Traditional Authority for asking them to vacate the land they are currently occupying.
The aggrieved traders at a press briefing on Friday, 14th August, 2020 alleged that the Lamashugu Naa Ziblim Abdullai has served them a week’s notice to vacate the land after selling the same plots of land he had sold to them to a foreign company.
CEO of Micky’s Inn Restaurant, Abdul-Razak Faila said they bought the land from Lamashegu Naa Abdulai himself who gave them documents to that effect.
She decried the sudden eviction notice and subsequent re-sale of her land and her colleagues to Avnash Company by the Chief.
“Some of us resorted to starting up our own business after completing school without jobs. We meet the Chiefs and explained to them what we intend to do and they sold the land to us accompanied by documents.” She noted.
“We wake up today and the same Chief has sold the same land he sold to us years backs to foreigners because they have enough money,” Madam Faila bemoaned.
Others who spoke to TamaleOnline News expplained that Chief Ziblim Abdullai assured them upon payment for their parcel of land that no one can remove them from the land.
According to them, they have invested huge sums of money to start their businesses and therefore cannot comprehend the Chief’s actions.
“Before we payed for the land, he assured us we wouldn’t face any of this issues we are facing today. We payed for the land and received documents which were duly registered.
“Today if he is asking us to leave because he has sold our land to Avnash, we cannot come to terms with that” they added.
However, the aggrieved traders have called on the Northern Regional Minister, the Tamale Mayor, Sagnarigu Municipality Assembly, the Minority Leader and MP for Tamale South to intervene.
Meanwhile, the Lamashegu Palace has been tight-lipped on the accusations leveled against the Lamashegu Naa Ziblim Abdullai after several attempts to seek their side of the story.