Lae Churches scuffle over state land

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A local church in Lae has expressed frustration over a piece of land along the Buimo Road after another church organization went to the area and demolished new fencing it had erected.

On Sunday morning, members of the International Christian Fellowship church, or ICF,  made the discovery of the missing structure.

This triggered a scene where the church group vented their frustrations at the other party for demolishing the fence without warning.

The Department of Lands and Physical Planning, in a letter cited that this portion of land marked as section 291, allotment 14, is currently under investigation.

The letter further stated that ICF church could occupy the parcel of land until the investigation is fully completed.

However, M.S Wagambie lawyers, acting on behalf of the Revival Centres of PNG, had served a notice dated 23rd July 2016 to the ICF church to remove the illegal infrastructure.

The notice outlined that the Revival church has the legal and appropriate title over the land. The land title was approved by the Morobe Provincial Land Board.

According to the notice served on them, ICF were instructed to pull down the fence within seven days of the letter’s receipt.

Martha Louis

is a crime and court journalist based at EMTV’s Lae office. She has just joined the television industry after spending two and a half years as a radio journalist. She has a Bachelor in Communication Arts (Journalism) from the Divine Word University in Madang.

Martha Louis

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