‘Criminal Conveyance of Land May Undermine National Security’

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“It shocked to see a Liberian Citizen set himself ablaze. This is the first time to see such a thing. There is no reason for people to always come to the court to protest at one point to accuse me of planning to kill them," Korkpor said.

-Chief Justice Korkpor observes

Chief Justice Francis Saye Korkpor says despite the clear and unambiguous provision of law governing activities in the society, criminal conveyance (sale of a single land to more than one person) of land is at an alarming proportion in the country.

Justice Korkpor on Monday, March 9, at the opening of the March term of the Supreme Court of Liberia, said if decisive actions are not taken now, the act may undermine peace and national security.

In his opening address, which was graced by senior government officials including President George Manneh Weah and lawyers, Justice Korkpor observed that from all indications the situation is even more pervasive today, particularly in urban areas. “Under the Liberian law, title to land can only be conveyed by the lawful owner. Liberian law also forbids the selling of a parcel of land to more than one person or entity,” Korkpor emphasized.

Supporting his courts’ action into the resolution of land dispute, Korkpor said that the court has always taken steps to protect the property rights of citizens and had warned trial judges to handle property matters with utmost care and diligence, giving all party litigants every opportunity to appear and defend their property rights.

But, according to Korkpor, the court’s efforts and that of the trial judges to protect property rights are being seriously undermined and rendered futile by the illegal sale and or occupation of land by unscrupulous citizens.

“This act in a number of cases has resulted into violence and even death,” Korkpor reiterated.

Making specific reference to a case that involved the Republic of Liberia versus Roland Kaine, Justice Korkpor said that the case borders on the illegal sale and occupation of private lands in Montserrado County, where several individuals lost their lives.

He said in most instances when the court, especially the Civil Law Court, is ordered by the Supreme Court to give a disputed land to the rightful owners, the party, defendant, and even others who are not parties to the case, most often put up violent resistance in an attempt to prevent the lawful execution of the mandates of the High Court.

“This trend cannot continue if this is allowed unabated and with impunity, the net effect would be to circumvent the law and deny justice and have illegal property claimants prevail against the rightful owners,” Justice Korkpor emphasized.

“No civilized and lawful society can condone such an act,” he added. “We have heard in some quarters that because our society is still fragile from war, it is better to take it easy and not disturb a sleeping lion. This is my view, is not a wise proposition.”

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  • Anthony Kokoi is a young Liberian sports writer who has an ever-growing passion for the development of the game of football (soccer) and other sports. For the past few years, he has been passionately engaged in reporting the developments of the game in the country. He is an associate member of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL). He is a promoter of young talents. He also writes match reports and makes an analysis of Liberian Football.

3 COMMENTS

  1. The failure of chief justice of Liberia supreme court not mentioning the land case in Nimba county between the government of Liberia and the mandingoes tribes in Nimba, is a cleared indication of his bianess. This chief justice has been a key achetect backing the illegal squatters occupying the Mandingoes properties in the county. Should the law be applied, the chief justice needs to put his house in order. We have serious land issues in Nimba, and he has the temerity accusing the lower court and illegal land sellers in the country. What you expect from the illegal land sellers when the head of the court not fair. Money and lies has been the main reason for illegal land sales in the country.
    This chief justice has played politics with Nimba land case, especially in Ganta. The Ellen government played her part by ignoring the Mandingoes land case to get vote from few Nimbians, what a crookish method. We washing Weah government actions, whether he will ignore the land case in favour of 2023 vote. Rember, land and taking another man wife, can destroy a nation fabrics.

    God ble Liberia

  2. The government is also complacent in this regard. One of the biggest land thief in the country is Land Commissioner Joe Dorah of Margibi County. This corrupt swine has been selling land to multiple people in Margibi County and was still appointed as Land Commissioner by President Weah.
    How do you appoint a land thief as Land Commissioner?

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