A Senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana Law School has indicated that land guards can now be imprisoned for close to 5 years, and not more than fifteen years.

Speaking in an interview monitored by HOTENT, Kwame Gyan the UG lecturer indicated that, when one is found guilty of any land guard operations, there would be no option as a penalty to pay a sum of money, but the culprit would be imprisoned.

Kwame Gyan said the new regime of Land Act outlines sanctions from section 11, 12, 72, 236, and 277 specifically that of section 12, to deal drastically with land guard related issues which is not like the old regime of section 34 of the Land Registry Act of 1962, Act 122 which was not specifically focused on sanctioning land guards.

He indicated that now there are diverse targets of section 12 that is very prominent and enforced with the intention of dealing with land guard issues.

Kwame Gyan said in section 12, it can be recognized clearly that the objectives talk about the protection of land and land interest.

He said the new amendments in section 12, talks about someone who doesn’t have an interest in the land but goes unto the land to extort money from other interested parties on the land, or to refrain someone who is interested in the land from improving the land personally, or someone who uses another person to use force or a violent manner to prevent someone who has interest from assessing or going to the land.

Kwame Gyan indicated any individual upon summary conviction is going to be imprisoned for at least five years and not more than 15 years, so the description from the regulation clearly reflects the activities of land guards because it is similar to the kind of job they do.

Although the new amendments explained should emerge as good news to Ghanaians, Gyan indicated that the major concern is how to ensure the enforcement of section 12 of the Land Act to particularly deal with the case of land guards.