Mrs. Annie Constance, 90, a widow whose property a Supreme Court’s opinion (judgment) placed in possession of one of its justices Kabineh Ja’neh, has written President George Weah, requesting for his intervention to get her property back.
The property is situated on a 0.54 lot of land, along with houses, on Russell Avenue, Saye-Town Community, Sinkor, in Monrovia.
Justice Ja’neh has claimed that he bought the property from one of Madam Constance’s children, John Nyema Constance, in 1997. John Nyema Constance died in 1998. Justice Ja’neh’s argument is that the Supreme Court on October 12, 2017, made a judgment that endorsed his ownership, after Constance’s lawyer, Lawrence Yeakula, abandoned the matter.
The Supreme Court’s judgment then mandated the Civil Law Court at the Temple of Justice, which first handled the matter, to ensure that Madam Constance and her children are evicted from the property, to give way for Justice Ja’neh’s immediate takeover.
It was based on such a development that old lady Constance decided to write, requesting for President Weah’s intervention into the matter.
Constance’s letter, dated May 30, 2018, and received by President Weah’s office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with a copy in the possession of the Daily Observer, pleaded with President Weah that, “Presently as we speak we have been evicted from our land by Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh, because, according to the justice, he bought it from one of my children, Mr. John Nyema Constance, deceased since 1998.
“Mr. President that portion of the land with the house is where I have been getting my income to sustain my family. This is why I am kindly asking for your intervention for me to secure my property.”
Giving a synopsis of the case to President Weah, Constance explained that the alleged transaction between her son and Justice Ja’neh was not to her knowledge. “The parcel of land was bought by my husband, John Nyema Constance Sr. (deceased), in 1951 and I have all the relevant documents to substantiate my legal possession. I was not given the opportunity to prove my legitimate ownership,” the letter noted.