Jui Police Officers Accused of Grabbing Former First Lady’s Land Property
Several Police Officers attached at the Jui Police Division are been accused by family members of grabbing their late sister, Hannah Momoh land property situated at Kossoh Town, Jui, in the Western Rural District.
Investigation gathered from community stakeholders including chiefs and late President Momoh’s wife family, the land was entrusted to five Police officers from the Jui Division to serve as eagle eye on the land after the departure of the UNAMSIL in 2000 through retired OC Julius.
It was said that the disputed land where houses have already been erected with housing structures by the late woman before her demise in 1996.
Family members of the late strong woman said the five Police officer who were deployed were not charged to pay rent but shortly, they started selling portion of the land to civilians and chopped the money.
According to family members, now that they are ready to regain their property, over twenty senior Police officers who have gained possession of the land are arguing that they are citizens and they have equal rights to own land, forgetting that they were deployed in the land to save properties of the late Hannah Momoh.
Some of illegal occupants in the disputed land who refused to quit as many have taken the exit door also advanced that they have legal documents from the Ministry of the lands Country Planning and the Environment while others are saying that they have been given offer letters by the same Ministry.
What is most disheartening according to family members of the late Hannah Momoh, the illegal occupants went ahead mounting permanent structures on a disputed land where a notice have been served to the unlawful occupants to quit.
Sources intimated that many of the occupants with sense of memory have quit the said while those who are very much eager to have lands in that part of the country are resisting to go.
Some of the local authorities, Chief Jonathan Squire and Chief Kai Sowa and neighbors attested that the land is owned by the Hannah Momoh family.
According to the chiefs, despite the notice they have issued by solicitors for the occupants to quit, but they have also engaged them on several occasions to see reason why they must vacate the said area of land to avoid future confrontation.
Contacting the accused Police officers on the land in conflict, they refused to respond to media interviews.
One of the Retired Police officers, AIG Kofie is said to be the rig leader who is busy sensitizing the occupants not to leave the places they have occupied for many years.
The same AIG Kofie was the man who was said to be erected an alcohol and drug centre in front of a church built on the same doubtful land until the intervention of former President Ernest Bai Koroma who ordered the removal of the bar before the House of God.
AIG was accused of using weapons of suppression (Guns) in collaboration with other junior officers to overpower anybody or any member of the Hannah Momoh family members who might attempt to carry out activity on the land.
The family of the late First Lady to late President Momoh, Hannah Momoh is therefore calling on the Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Lands to swiftly intervene for the true peace to prevail.
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
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