…As Men Believed to Be AFL Personnel Causes stir.
By: E. Geedahgar Garsuah
MARGIBI COUNTY: Serious tension is said to be brewing in the Charlesville Community of Marshall City, situated in Lower Margibi County over the ownership of a 3.25 acres of land believed to be owned by one Mr. David Sumo, a Liberian currently residing in the United States of America (USA) and two unidentified men believed to be officers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).
Madam Rosa Musa, who according to her, facilitated the purchase of the land on behalf of Mr. Sumo from the Estates of the late James Henry Carter Sr, and Isaac Lewis Sr., told reporters on Tuesday, April 18, 2023, that two men claiming to be AFL personnel invaded the property and stopped ongoing fencing works on grounds that the land had been illegally acquired.
Some eyewitnesses at the scene of the incident also confirmed Madam Musa’s narrative that the two men believed to be AFL soldiers held construction workers hostage for more than an hour while issuing threats against anyone who attempt to step on the land.
The actual identities of the alleged AFL soldiers are yet to be established, but one AFL soldier who was attired in his full regalia, and identified himself only as “Lieutenant Boima” who had apparently went to put the tension under control pleaded with a group of community dwellers to calm down as the matter was already before the Magisterial Court in unification Town (Smell-No-Taste) in Margibi County.
Lieutenant Boima, as was visibly inscribed on his military uniform extended apology to the community in behalf of the two unidentified men believed to be AFL personnel who had already left the scene.
According to him, the actions of the two officers was inappropriate on grounds that it was not the duty of military officers to get involved with issue surrounding dispute over land.
Upon hearing that the both parties were at the court, and in an effort to get a full details of the story, our reporter made his way to the Magisterial Court where both parties who are claiming ownership to the parcel of land were in a conference.
This paper could not get the outcome of the conference as both parties were tipped-lipped as the matter was before the court.
Both parties, this newspaper has gathered, have been cited by the court to appear on Wednesday, April 26, 2023, with all relevant documents to substantiate their claims to the parcel of land.