Is this desperate attempt to cover up president Bio’s breach of property lease agreement?

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 16 December 2019:

Following the publication in the Sierra Leone Telegraph last week, of serious allegations of breach of lease agreement and abuse of power, made by the landlord of a property leased to Sierra Leone’s president Julius Maada Bio and his wife, the saga has taken a new turn for the worse as the landlord continues to fight for justice.

The Law Firm – Ngakui and Partners, which until his recent appointment to join the Bio-led government as Director of Public Prosecutions was headed by the owner of the firm – Lawyer Ngakui, has joined the fray by writing a letter to Mr Quinton Terry, informing him that he has no right to the property, nor is he the landlord, despite the lease agreement and the will of the deceased owner of the property, stating otherwise.

The Power of Attorney granted by an executor of the deceased’s Will, clearly empowers Mr. Quinton Terry to act as landlord. And in so doing, in 2016 president Bio and Mrs. Fatima Bio quite rightly signed the property lease agreement with Mr Quinton Terry.

But a letter written by Ngakui and Partners, published on social media last Friday, which it seems was never delivered to Mr Quinton Terry by Ngakui and Partners, says that the Firm is now acting on behalf of the lady in London (Dianne Terry) to whom president Bio it appears, wrongfully paid the last yearly lease payment and now acting as the landlord, effectively cutting out Mr. Quinton Terry as Landlord.

This is the letter written by Ngakui and Partners to Mr. Quinton Terry last Wednesday, which Mr. Quinton Terry says he has not received, but was instead posted on social media immediately after the story was published by the Sierra Leone Telegraph last Friday. They are now threatening legal action against Mr Quinton Terry on behalf of the president and Mrs Bio:

But today, Monday 16 December 2019, Mr Quinton Terry is standing his ground. He has issued the following press statement, as this saga continues, with all its damaging impact on the presidency, State House and Sierra Leone’s ability to convince the international community and foreign investors that, there is no impunity in the country today, and that the government is taking corruption, abuse of office, and law and order very seriously:

To: Ngakui & Partners, 1st Floor, 5 George Street, Freetown, December 16, 2019

My attention has been drawn to a letter posted on social media, purporting to have been sent to 3A Gabriel Street, Freetown for my attention. Let me state categorically that no such letter was either delivered to the above address nor received by anyone at that address.

Your response to my press release of Friday December 6, 2019 totally ignored the simple claim of “Breach of Contract” perpetrated by the lessees of the said property, which you unwittingly did not address. My claim is that payments under the lease agreement for the year 2017-2018 was paid to Diane Terry by the lessee, as per receipt in my possession.

Now, we know that your firm collected payment for the year 2018-2019. Therefore, based on the lease agreement with the lessees, both your firm and Diane Terry unlawfully collected payment which were supposed to have been paid to Mr. Quinton Terry as Attorney for the Terence Terry Estate at 32a Juba Hill, Freetown.

Let me remind you at this juncture that the issue you raised in your letter of beneficiaries to the estate does not in any way preclude the lessees from their obligation to abide by the lease agreement.

Also, it may interest you to know that the issue of entitlement and beneficiaries to the said property was litigated in the High Court of Sierra Leone in 2010, with presiding Judge Justice Eku Roberts. Judgment in that case was for the estate against Diane Terry; that the property in question should be leased out and proceeds used solely to educate the grandchildren, as per the Will.

It was against this backdrop that the said property was leased in June 2016. At that point, the Executor of the property, due to his absence in Sierra Leone decided to give Power of Attorney to Quinton Terry for the said property. Clearly the date of 16 August 2019 when the so-called Administration of the said property was carried out, post-dated the lease agreement which expired in June 2019.

Therefore, your assertion that my tenure of Power of Attorney for the property of Terence Terry has been revoked is ludicrous, devoid of facts and grossly undermine the Rule of Law in Sierra Leone. I stand by my press release of Friday December 6, 2019 (END OF STATEMENT)

Signed: Quniton Terry, Attorney for Terence Terry Estate

8 Comments

  1. Merry Christmas to you and your family Saidu, my family wishes you a happy and blessed New Year 2020.SO MANY ENEMIES LISTED HERE,AND SAIDU CONTEH DEFEATED THEM ALL.Hahahaha.Detractors,or enemies call it what you like GreatSayedna defeated every single one of them.hahahaha.Best wishes,my good friend.

  2. Tempus fugit – its an ancient Latin phrase meaning,”Time Flies”.A whole year comprising of over 365 yesterdays gone,never to be seen again;Indeed Time,and Tide wait for no man. Whatever we have enjoyed or suffered in 2019, now becomes memories, whatever we have passed will not be seen again.Newer victories, challenges,and experiences await us in 2020.

    It has been said by the ancient ones,that the weight,and value of Gratitude,equals those of Love when measured equally, together on the scale of divine virtues.So,without further delay, I will like to wish the Honorable Members of the APC, and SLPP in the peoples parliament a Merry Christmas,and a Happy New Year.

    Gentlemen,thank you for the contributions you have made in the interest of progress for our beloved Sierra Leone.

    Now,to my friends, and brothers on this glorious forum, Alimamy, “the Incomparable” Turay,Brahim the King,Matturi the “Sharp-witted”, the brilliant Young4na, and the man himself – “Mr Intelligent” Oluwale John, I thank them sincerely for their candid insights and contributions on matters of great urgency and importance on this forum,and wish them also a Merry Christmas,and a Happy New Year.

    Well,as the year 2019 gallops to its end, and because Saidu Conteh enjoys,and cherishes being magnanimous; I would also take this opportunity to wish my detractors, Caterpillars dressed in green(lol) a Merry Christmas,and a Happy New Year. Gentlemen – Mr Anthony Moiba,Alusine Fallay,Fanday Turner,Tamba Komba,Kemoh Brima,Sathkie Sorie,Bilal Coleman,David Makavelli,Abdulai Mansaray, Emmanuel Yongai Tucker,Maxwell Backarr, and lady Aminata Conteh…I thank you for your consistent efforts,in the promotion,and enhancement of free,and liberal speech in Sierra Leone,my one,and only Home…Rising Sun Will Rise Again.

  3. As Existence gently rolls another year to its eventual end,like a carpet meant to be tucked away,forever out of sight.We celebrate the end of 2019,with great enthusiasm,and joy.

    I would like to use this opportunity,to congratulate our diligent Statesman,and true patriot,the incomparable, Honorable Abdul Rashid Thomas for his exemplary efforts,in keeping the Sierra Leone Telegraph, authentic, fully informative, and unbiased.

    Sir,no one needs to tell me that a practical,down to earth, and no nonsense man like yourself is heading at the speed of light towards Greatness. Your efforts speak volumes in this regard. And so,without further ado,allow me to wish you and your lovely family,a Merry,Happy Christmas,Sir,and a bright,and prosperous New Year….Rising Sun Will Rise Again.

    • Mr Saidu Conteh – I thank you very much for those kind words and best wishes; and I too, would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year my dear brother. You have certainly made your mark as one of the most prolific commentators on this forum, and I wish you well. God bless.

  4. This isn’t good news for our President. He needs to take time out to address the issue at hand, and clarify things for the general public, before his image as President becomes tarnished. Why cant he just sit down and have a friendly chat with Mr Quinton and sort things out? This kind of attitude is bad for the image of our country.

    • Brahim, such sentiments have been expressed before but no one responded to them. I am responding to this because I see some sincerity in your sentiments. Bro’ the president should not give this any attention at-all. He should carry on with state matters. There are ways to fix the ethical concerns I envisage you are expressing. I am not a political scientist but two terminologies are involved here. We have the ontological and the deontological approach of dealing with issues pertaining to ethics.

      These are simple principles that should have been taught in secondary schools in Salone. Majority of Saleoneans were not taught the humanities in school. Today they are not equipt to understand or discuss issues like this. The corrupt leaders stole and ate the children’s money that should have been spent to educate them. Worst of it the ignoramous (School children now adults) blindly put their lives on the line defending the very people who put them in this predicament. This is the sad and pathetic story of Salone. This has to stop.

      If you have a president who has started this fight with corruption, do you support him or allow the former status quo to continue infinitum? What many people are not getting is that attorney Terry is trying to or has already blackmailed the president using digital space. If he was a patriotic Saleonean, he would have used the court system to get his client’s money. He is not about the money. He is about blackmail, distraction, conspiracy and other ulterior motives

    • Oh, one more thing; I hope Salone now has stringent media or digital media laws in place or in the making.

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