By Muhammed Sailu Bah
Michael Edward Kings, a British national, has reported to Foroyaa that a land owned by him has been illegally transferred to one Stephen Mayle through the forgery of his signature.
Visiting Foroyaa recently to make his complaint, Mr. Kings said he bought the land which is situated at Brufut from one Solomon Badjie, a Gambian national, in 2009. He explained that after buying the land from the said person, he paid a transfer fee of D4000. He showed some documents including the transfer document which has the signatures and stamps of both the Village Alkalo and Chief of the District.
Mr. Kings claimed that he had entered an agreement with Mr. Mayle for the latter to pre-finance the construction of a house amounting to 20, 000 British pounds on the said land and after which it will be sold and the profits be shared equally between them but after he (Mayle) deducts 400 pounds from the amount.
“But Mayle didn’t do this and has instead transferred the ownership of the land in his name and sold it to somebody else,” said Mr. Kings.
He further said that the receipts of compound rates used to be in his name until last year when the Brikama Area Council refused to accept his payments telling him that the ownership of the land is now in dispute. He said he was shown the copy of a transfer document with his forged signature but which he had never signed.
Mr. King said he has been to the Council on several occasions for them to accept his payment of the compounds rates as he is the bona fide owner of the said property but to no avail.
When this reporter visited the Brikama Area Council on Wednesday concerning the issue, he was told by the Council’s Public Relation Officer (PRO), Modou Jonga, that they have investigated the matter and found out from the documents that he (Kings) was also part of the transfer. He said the documents have shown the stamps and signatures of the village alkalo and chief of the district as well as Mr. Kings signature and that they relied on this before making any transfer document.
Mr. Jonga said he even understood that some time ago the matter was before the Brikama magistrates’ court but that did not eventually proceed. He said he had even invited Solomon Badjie who also told him that Mr. Kings was part of the transaction transferring the ownership of the property.