Full scale eviction hits IMATT community
Following a court eviction notice at the IMATT community, Hon. Patteh Bah of Constituency 92 empathized with squatters and made a compassionate appeal to land owner to hold on until after the rainy season.
It has not been an easy moment for these illegal occupants of a parcel of land privately owned by the Abayomi Cole family as a full scale eviction operation was in effect by the law enforcers. Rightful owner of the said land, Madam Joyce Dunnie Johnson, who also holds a power of attorney to the land, disclosed to this press in an exclusive interview that over the past years her family has dragged both illegal squatters and the Ministry of Lands to court and won the matter involving the portion of land that belongs to her family.
According to Madam Joyce Dunnie Johnson over 100 acres of land was legally acquired by their grandfather the late Dr. Abayomie Cole. She continued that after the court has issued several notifications to these illegal squatters to vacate this portion of land, rather they were engaged in selling plots of this land to other people at the peril of other family members.
Madam Dunnie Joyce Johnson confirmed to this press that it is the effect of a court order, but she has been cautioned by the intervention of the Hon. Patteh Bah of that constituency.
Hon. Bah admitted that he did plead on behalf of the squatters, taking the rains into consideration. I am a humanist and I cannot sit by and see my people suffer as a result of court orders, so I have pleaded that the legal owner of the portion of land to exercise restraint and allow them to quit soon after this period,” the MP reaffirmed.
By Raymond Bai Kamara
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