Some 500 Ivorian, Burkinabe Land Intruders Flee Liberia Following Deployment Of Military Troops

farmThe people of southeastern Liberia, especially those from Grand Gedeh County have now been released from stress and other emotional inter feelings following the fleeing of over 500 Ivorians and Burkinabes who have over the past years scared Liberian farmers away by taking over their farmlands and planted cocoa and other crops.

This situation created fears in citizens, especially farmers in that southeastern part of the country as a result of the massive occupation by armed men from Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso who report said rand previously occupied an estimated 500 acres of land in the forest bordering Cote d’Ivoire and Liberia.

Speaking on a local radio station in the Country, the Superintendent of Grand Gedeh County, Peter Solo said the deployment of troops from the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) has forced the intruders to flee the Liberian farmlands as the Liberian well-armed military troops patrol the occupied Liberian forest.

Prior to the deployment of AFL troops in the forest, this illegal occupation of the Ivorians and Burkinabes on Liberian forest, villagers who fled the area told reporters as saying that the Burkinabes and Ivorians are saying an Ivorian citizen is claiming ownership of the land on the grounds that it was sold to him by an unnamed individual in Cote d’Ivoire.

A member of Liberia’s House of Representatives from Grand Gedeh recently called for the Liberian government’s prompt intervention.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.