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Land issue reaches court

Feb 24, 2012, 1:19 PM | Article By: Adama K. Jallow

One Lamin Manneh was recently dragged to the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court by one Ebrima Jabbi, claiming D400, 000, being the sum paid for a consideration that had totally failed, D24, 500 lent to the defendant at the defendant’s request.

The plaintiff also claimed D150, 000 he incurred which he had no title, D4, 500 as damage for breach of contract, interest of 30% from last August to date and D10, 000 as the cost of the proceeding.

In the plaintiff’s testimony, he revealed to the court that the defendant sold a plot of land situated at Sallagi, Sukuta, to him acting as a representative for one Alagie Dinding Dibbasi residing in Angola who is a brother to the plaintiff.

He added that he paid the agreed price in the presence of a witness, adding that the defendant further requested D24, 500 to effect an official transaction, promising to refund back the said amount to the plaintiff, and also failed to do so.

Jabbi further revealed that after purchasing the said land from the defendant, he erected a fence throughout the land and constructed a house, adding that one day another man came to the said land and also erected another fence in the middle of the compound and claiming he was the owner of the said land and presenting his documents, which related to the said land.

He said at that juncture, he reported the matter to the defendant, who sold the plot to him, and they proceeded to one Mr Jallow from whom he, the plaintiff, realised the second claimant who erected the fence in the middle of the compound was the true owner of the said land, instead of the defendant.

Jabbi further revealed that the defendant promised to get him another plot of land located in Brufut, stating that when he was shown the land at Brufut, it was not up to his satisfaction and he further demanded his money from the defendant, since he had lost the first land he bought from the defendant.

He said the defendant promised to pay him back the money, which he failed to do; as a result he took the matter to the court.

The case continues.