Over land Case… Muslim Jamaat Disrupt Police Station
Members of the Elimuzakelina Muslim Jamaat at Plum Heat (Phase two), Hill Station, on Thursday last week, disrupted work at the Congo Cross Police Station following an attempt to detain the Chief Adviser to the Jamaat and Section Chief of the community, Pa Alimamy Sesay, aka Justice, for allegedly inciting the people not to allow one Mr. Slyvanus Samura to construct a dwelling house on a piece of state land which the Ministry of Lands had earlier given to the community for the construction of a Mosque.
Sources close to the CID at Congo cross police station informed this press that the commotion erupted when the police officers were about to detain Pa Alimamy Sesay after he had made his statement. The Jamaat members are reported to have gone on the rampage protesting against the detention of their Chief Adviser. The scuffle and chaos that ensued reportedly prompted the Local Unit Commander of the Congo Cross Police, Supt. M. Jobe to cut short a meeting he was holding and rush to the scene to resolve the skirmish.
According to the Chief Imam of the Jamaat, Sheikh Mohamed V. Konneh , Plum Heat (phase two) is a new settlement to which the Ministry of Lands has allocated pieces of land for the construction of mosque, church, school, health centre, cemetery, recreational facilities, market and community centre.
He recalled that the Lands Ministry allocated those lands to the community since 2004. He, however , alleged that Mr. Samura, who claims to be a councilor at Sanda magbolonto, Port Loko District, has been selling the allotted lands with impunity even though the Lands Ministry has warned him to desist.
The Chief Imam, Sheikh Konneh, presented to the police an official letter signed by the Director of Housing and Environment in the Ministry of Lands, Mr. Augustine Kai- Banya, stating that the land in question belongs to the Elimuzakelina jamaat and that all other lands in that area are state lands.
By Alhaji Saidu Kamara
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