200 houses bulldozed … victims demonstrate
On the 8th July, 2014, a joint team of police and military personnel, accompanied by bulldozers, stormed the Jorpoh Farm community in Waterloo and demolished over 200 houses on a disputed land.
The demolition is said to have been carried out while the land case awaits ruling in the High Court of Sierra Leone.
On Tuesday, 2014, those whose dwellings were demolished demonstrated peacefully at the Cotton Tree waving placards and calling on President Koroma to rescue them as they have been rendered homeless by the demolition.
Spokesperson of the demonstrating demolition victims, Abdul Karim Suma, explained that they bought their plots of land from one Enitor King and had lived on the land for over ten years when Reverend Spaine claimed ownership of the land.
Suma recalled that in 2012, a team from the High Court went and demarcated the land but never gave them a feedback until the arrival of the bulldozers, police and soldiers who destroyed their houses.
The demonstrators were taken to the Central Police where they were encouraged to remain peaceful till the matter is investigated and necessary steps taken.
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
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