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Land conflict hits Paynesville community

By Nathan Charles

(lbsonline/Liberia)-Confusion has sparked-up between the Cooper family and occupants of more than126 acres of land along the Roberts International Airport highway in Paynesville.

The Cooper family is claiming ownership over the land in question and demanding that occupants of the land be evicted.

On Thursday morning, January 3, 2013, the Cooper family move in with some officers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), police officers, and court officials to the land and began demolishing structures.

Our reporter who was on the scene saw bailiffs issuing eviction notices to occupants of the land to leave with immediate effect; if they did not provide relevant document to substantiate claims of ownership.

“When I tried to interview the lady who is now claiming ownership of the property, I was assaulted by a man who claimed to be the husband of the lady and accused me of intimidating his wife”, our reported had said.

“She refused to be interviewed on grounds that she is not answerable to the Liberia Broadcasting System”, our reporter further added.

One of the occupants said his father bought two lots of land in 1980 and since then time they have been occupying that portion of land.

Meanwhile, early Friday morning some residents of the ELWA community barricaded the main road to the Roberts International Airport and obstructed the free flow of traffic for more than two hours.

The residents were protesting against the action by the Cooper family to demolish some of their homes on the disputed land.

The residents threw stones at police officers who had come to quell down the conflict, according to our reporter.

The chairman of the community, Reggie Taylor, said,” Our actions are intended to draw government’s attention to intervene in the matter”.  


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