‘I Paid US$700 for One Lot’

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    The third witness for the prosecution, Madam Helena Gbegba, in the ongoing US$4-million theft of property lawsuit on Tuesday, February 18, admitted that she paid US$700 to acquire one lot from Arab Kamara.

    Kamara is a former training-director, and licensed surveyor of the Ministry of Lands, Mines, and Energy (MLME).

    He was the chief surveyor of the late Elizabeth Moore Johnson’s intestate estate, situated in Virginia, Montserrado County.

    But, one of the granddaughters of late Johnson, Madam Hester Baker, on behalf of the family, accused Kamara of selling about 500 acres of land valued as US$4 million.

    Madam Baker is believed to be the authorized administrator of the estate.

    She also accused Kamara of obtaining a fake letter of administration from another court, the Probate Court, instructing him to sell the estate. 

    Testifying under oath at Criminal Court ‘C’ Madam Helena Gbegba said that when she ‘purchased’ the land, Kamara himself did not survey it; instead he designated somebody else to it.

    “After surveying the land,” she added, “the defendant refused to sign and turn over the deed to her,” claiming “he wanted to lie with me in bed first before doing that.”

    According to her, Kamara made the proposal when the two of them met one afternoon at her house.

    “While sitting on my house porch one afternoon, I asked him for the deed; he told me, if I did not go to bed with him, he would not give me the deed,” Witness Gbegba claimed.

    Asked whom she had told about Kamara’s proposal? The prosecution witness replied, “After he insisted on lying with me before producing my deed, was when I exposed him to my fiancé.”

    Further asked whether she went to bed with him? She replied angrily, “no. But I forcibly built and planted four cornerstones with my initials on them.”

    “I built there because many people— including one Eric Freeman—were claiming ownership of the property. They said, they bought it from Kamara. Because of that, I decided to build on it without first obtaining the signed deed,” she explained.

    When again asked what guarantee she had that the land belonged to her? Gbegba responded: “because the land was surveyed and a cornerstone bearing my initial was planted on it, which clearly meant it was mine.”

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