Tension Brews in Ganta over Land

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Tension is brewing in Ganta City over the surveying of a parcel of land where an old mosque and the building housing the United Bank of Africa (UBA), are situated.
A group of youth led by Lusine Donzo said the survey was illegal and did not meet the consent of all parties, and therefore, they will not allow the survey to go on as scheduled.
Donzo told newsmen that they will never allow the survey, “because the place in question belonged to our grandfather, and even the proceeding leading to the survey was not fair enough to allow such a survey to take place.”
Donzo resisted the survey which was ordered by the 8th Judicial Circuit Court in Police as well as the court Sheriff could not withstand the tension as the argument intensified.
“We are willing to die for this parcel of land, because we are not receiving fair treatment in all our land cases in Nimba, and nobody will even attempt to take this one, it will never happen,” said one of the youths.
The youth complained that a senior citizen of Ganta, Nyan Poryor, represented by one Nathan Suah has been claiming the area where the mosque is located and therefore he had reportedly gone to court to seek the survey.
One of the youths, Musa Jabateh, told the Daily Observer in an angry mood that all their lands in Ganta had been taken over by other residents, and the cases are in court without any possible redress.
“For this piece of land where our mosque is situated, nobody will survey it, and we will not allow anyone to encroach on it,” he maintained, adding, “Our parents had been in this place for decades.”
The Daily Observer tried to get word from Chief Sherriff William G. Layweh, but he refused to respond to reporters’ questions owing to the intensity of the argument over the conduct of the survey.
When contacted via mobile phone, the clerk of court at the 8th Judiciary Circuit Court, Arthur Gaye, said the survey order was passed since two terms of court. He did not provide further details.
He however confirmed that the survey was to be done in favor of one Nathan Suah of Ganta.
Efforts by reporters to get to Mr. Suah remained futile up to press time last night as he refused to speak to the press on the matter.
Land cases have intensified in Ganta owing to the reconstruction of the road from Gbarnga to Ganta that has reached its climax, residents said. However, the parcel of land in question is not affected by the road construction.
Many business people are in court with claims and counter claims over land previously occupied by either party, according to the Daily Observer investigation.

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