The National – Thursday, February 17, 2011
By ANGELINE KARIUS
NCD-Central divisional commander Fred Sheekiot has warning property owners, especially in the nation’s capital, not to succumb to con artists accompanied by police officers on pretext of falsified documents claiming property rights to their properties.
Sheekiot said this after an alleged incident similar in nature was brought to his attention last week.
He said culprits involved in such practices were using wantoks or relatives working as reserved police officers to effect falsified eviction notices that may have been served on pretext to acquiring a piece of land or property.
“I am not entirely certain that some reserved or fulltime officers have been involved but it has come to my attention that there are few assisting relatives to evict genuine home owners.
“The public must first seek approval from the Central provincial police commander John Maru or the NCD Metropolitan Supt Joseph Tondop and to check if papers produced were legal,” he said.
Sheekiot also said most home owners under the National Housing Corporation (NHC) had become victims to this “unscrupulous behaviour”.
“Property owners are being cheated from their legal rights and are cautioned to check with the NHC or police before giving into these culprits.”