By Alhassan Bah
Information reaching this medium has revealed serious controversy over the ownership of a plot of land situated between 11 and 13 Peterson Street in central Freetown.
According to investigations, the Ministry of Lands, Country Planning and the Environment had caused the controversy by allegedly issuing conveyances to two people – Alhaji Sulaiman Kamara and Bashiru Jalloh – in respect of the same piece of land.
“I have deliberately been deprived of my property. I have been restricted from putting up a structure on the land by authorities of the Ministry of Lands because they said the property has two conveyances issued by the same ministry,” said Alhaji Kamara.
“The land in question was a privately owned property which I leased from the owner. I attempted developing it in 2013 but was prevented from doing so by some officials in the Ministry of Lands until further investigations are carried out to determine who the right owner is.”
After allegedly being prevented from developing the property, Kamara said he had on several occasions approached the ministry for them to intervene and correct the controversy surrounding the land, but to no avail.
However, Bashiru Jalloh, who is the other party to the conflict, refused to comment when contacted by this reporter.
In his reaction, Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Lands, Alfred Kabia, admitted that the ministry was aware about the controversy surrounding the ownership of the land in question, and that the issue is currently being looked into with the aim of resolving the standoff.
He however cautioned the general public to be mindful about a group of 419s, who are always around the corridors of the ministry with fake documents trying to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.