Two men are said to have reportedly gone missing from former Finance Minister David Farhat’s farm following a tussle over a piece of land with another group that is said to be claiming the land in the Mount Barclay area in Montserrado County.
Mr. Farhat’s Farm Manager Joseph B. Saye told journalists Tuesday, 6 February that there were gunfire during a tussle on Monday, 5 February when two of his men Mr. Moses Jersey and Abakkuk Zinatuwah went missing during the tussle with a group of men loyal to one Blama King who is also said to be claiming the piece of land.
The situation on the disputed farm appears to be causing havoc in the area, with a latest clash between the two parties stirring fears among the locals.
According to Mr. Saye, some 13 men from Todee District in the same Montserrado County were working on Mr. Farhat’s farm on Monday, 5 January when over a hundred men allegedly supporting Mr. King entered the farm and allegedly attacked them.
Mr. Saye claims that Mr. King’s men attacked and overpowered Mr. Farhat’s men on the farm, thus leading Mr. Farhat’s men to flee the farm for fear of their dear lives they were unequipped as King’s men were.
According to Mr. Saye, when he and his men fled into the bushes, Mr. King’s men began breaking down their places on the farm and allegedly took away the farm equipment.
When contacted Tuesday, 6 February, outgoing Police Spokesman Sam Collins said he could not comment on the incident right now because the case had not reached his office yet.
The incident is said to have resulted to four of Mr. Farhat’s men sustaining injuries, beside those that are said to have gone missing.
Farhat Estate Administrator Atty. Vincent Yedegar calls for government’s intervention over the situation at Mount Barclay, alleging that they have taken the rival party to court many times but they cannot be seen.
“But they will come over night, sometimes in the day and beat people up and come report to the police that people are beating them,” Atty. Yedegar claims.
According to him, Mr. King’s men sometimes come in a group of about 50 or 60 to stage carry out attack against Mr. Farhat’s men, but when a writ is issued against them, they won’t be found anywhere. Mr. King and his men could not be reached immediately.
By Winston W. Parley