Jui Community Battles with The Door Christian Fellowship
Jui community situated on the outskirts of Freetown is in battle with the community people and The Door Christian Fellowship for a piece of land the people claim belongs to the community.
Head man of the Community, Pa Saffa, related in an interview that the piece of land had been known to belong to the community since 1980 but that they jus saw a group of people one morning who later came to be known as members of The Door Christian Fellowship tearing built market places down on the pretext that the land belonged to them. The community people having no prior knowledge to the course of the church’s action broke forth to repel the church people that according to them came to dislodge the source of their existence for nearly thirty years now.
According to the head man, the whole market structures that have now been raised to the ground were erected by a Nigerian contingent during the peace keeping efforts in Sierra Leone and that the okay was given by government and therefore they see no reason why a church should deprive a whole community of not only their livelihood, but what lawfully belongs to them.
In a bid to settle the hassle between the two parties, the church people were relocated to nearby Kossoh Town but it surprised the whole community to see them coming back to weak further damage on the pieces they have been able to fix together after the initial action of members of The Door Christian Fellowship.
Pa Saffa related that one of the Pastors of The Door Church, called Pastor Pratt, was sent to him with an offer of two million Leones for him to convince the community for the church to have the land, but refused in the interest of the community.
Pa Saffa said if we happen to find out that it is the government that has given away the piece of land to the church, then we would definitely be adamant with the Minister of Lands who knows that the land belongs to the community.
An official of the Lands Ministry contacted said the land belonged to the church people, confirming that they had only acquired it recently.
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