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I’m waiting for my arrest – Vanderpuye tells Odoi Kwao Family

The Member of Parliament for Odododiodio Constituency, in the Greater Accra Region, Edwin Nii Lante Vanderpuye says he is ready for the threat of arrest that has been issued by the Nii Odoi Kwao Family in Accra which has to do with the issues surrounding the Achimota Forest lands.

According to the Odododiodio MP, he has never dealt with the said Nii Odoi Kwao Family and so he is ready for whoever would instigate his arrest.

The Nii Odoi Kwao Family called for the arrest of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) lawmaker in a press conference on Tuesday, June 7.

The call for his arrest was in reaction to Mr Vanderpuye’s earlier statement that he is a member of the Owoo family, the family said to be the original owners of the Achimota Forest land prior to it being acquired by the state years ago.

The Odoi Kwao family in response called the Owoo Family of Osu, to whom the land was purported to have been given, as scammers and criminals and therefore the need for them to be found and prosecuted”.

In response to these allegations, Nii Lante Vanderpuye said “I have no relationship with the Nii Odoi Kwao Family. I have never dealt with them in any way in my life and I was amazed and I laughed when I heard the news that I should be arrested”.

He further explained that “the man speaking is an elderly person and by training, I wouldn’t want to engage them but I am waiting for the arrest”.

“The Owo family has petitioned a series of governments in this country about the Achimota land because they are the original owners of the land. Compensations were paid …but not on all the lands. The family also needs a place to lay their heads and as a member of the family, I support the family. I have never gotten anything from the land”.

The MP inquired “where was the Odoi family when the Owoo family petitioned the government?”

“My great grandmother was part of the Owo family…Naa Kwarley Vanderpuye…Alias Naa Ajiso. She married Nii Owo and she owned so many lands and houses in Accra…a woman but she was very very rich and industrious. She gave a lot of land for public use”.

The MP made revealed that “there is even one in Pokuasi now in contention in which we are fighting with the Ghana Police Service and we are going back to negotiate or take our land”.

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