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Family members of the late Aljahai Taweh Vaikai, former vice president of the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) are in court as fight over the deceased’s properties intensifies.

The legal action follows the alleged abrupt seizure of the deceased’s huge compound in Caldwell – New Georgia by one Peticia Candy Cooper who is believed to be an associate of the late Vaikai.The deceased’s family has filed a lawsuit against Cooper for illegal occupancy of the late Vaikai’s property.

The reported property seizure came to light early this month, days after it was announced that AlhajiVaikai had passed off at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana.
Vaikai who had gone to attend this year’s Muslim Pilgrimage in the Holy City of Mecca, died while returning home.

In a release issued in Monrovia Tuesday, 29 October, the family members explain that while they went to take delivery of Vaikai’s body at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) in Margibi County, Peticia without regard for the family allegedly seized the deceased’s property which houses his official residence and a mineral water production company.
The release further states that since the unfortunate incident, Peticia Candy Cooper has allegedly removing valuable items been secretly from the compound including vehicles and key parts of the mineral water production plant.

During AlhajiVaikai’ Seventh Day Sacrifice in Caldwell on Sunday, 20 October, Cooper allegedly showed up for the ceremony but never directly commented on the matter and the elders who conducted the rituals cleverly avoided the issue.

Madam Peticia Cooper also boycotted a big dinner hosted by the deceased’s family held just a stone’s throw from the disputed facility in Caldwell.In the release, the family says it is shocked by Peticia’s action and has resolved to file a lawsuit to reclaim the deceased’s property.

Prior to his death, Vaikai held a number of reputable positions in the country including Deputy Auditor General for Administration at the General Auditing Commission and Country Senior Partner at the PWC in Sinkor, among others.

When contacted for comment on Tuesday evening, 29 October, Madam Cooper named one Mr. Gabriel Nah whom she says is her lawyer and must speak to this paper on the matter. But she could not reveal detailed information about him, including his contact.This medium is exerting all efforts to get Madam Cooper ‘s official version of the property seizure saga. She promised to call back, but failed to do so up to press time.

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