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4 arrested over land dispute in Crab Town

June 23, 2016 By Ibrahim Jaffa Condeh

The Local Unit Commander at the Aberdeen Police Division has disclosed to Concord Times that four youths who pelted stones at police officers executing their duty have been arrested and detained, and were awaiting possible criminal charges.

LUC Aiah Edward Samadia told Concord Times that they would fully enforce policy directives of a Presidential Committee that was established to settle a protracted land impasse between residents of Crab Town and the National Tourist Board.

“Residents of Crab Town on diverse dates from 14 to 15 June, 2016 threatened to kill officials of the National Tourists Board and other earmarked police officers that were sent to execute their lawful duties to maintain law and order,” he explained, adding that inhabitants of the slum settlement had on several occasion prevented the National Tourist Board to repossess their allotted piece of land.

Residents of Crab Town and the Tourist Board have been locked in dispute over the land for a long time, with each side adamant they own the land. The board last year demolished some houses in the community but had to halt after pressure was brought on them, apparently from political higher-ups.

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