Properties set ablaze in Ganta- BREAKING NEWS

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Ganta- Reports from Ganta, the provincial  city of  Nimba county  said  an eviction order from the court has been resisted by some family members over  a land dispute  thus leading to setting  some  properties on fire.

“We woke up this morning and  saw  the place on fire. We do not know who set it on fired,” one eyewitness in the place told this paper.

“Many stores  are closed down now. Also, schools   are closed .  The circuit court in Sanniquellie  on yesterday issued an eviction order in favor  of one Fred  Johnson. When the  sheriff from the court came to effect the order, the families of  the Donzos, Jabateh and others resisted it,” our  correspondent said.

The case  of  a parcel of land  in Ganta has been in court for many years.  The  Jabatehs an Donzos  and other families   of the Mandingo ethnic group,  a tribe in Nimba have been occupying the land for years claiming ownership.

But Johnson said  he was the rightful owner of the properties  but  the other families rejected and the case was taken to court for adjudication.

But after years of legal battle, Johnson   was declared. the rightful owner of the land.

“But the other  families said they will not leave and the place belongs to them.  Police has to come on the scene from yesterday.  The city is tense,” he added.

When this paper contacted  a senior police officer in the area, he confirmed. “Yes, there is a serious  problem here now. We are trying to send for more men ’ the officer who declined to be name said.

No  details of casualties were released   at the  time of   filing this story.

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