By Alieu Kondoh

A giant cotton tree has left over Twenty (20) people homeless as it destroyed Three (3) houses including properties worth Millions of Leones after it was cut off by a resident at the New England Ville Community.

The cotton tree which many residents at the New England Ville Community believed to have lived for over One Hundred (100) years was ordered to be cut off by one, Foday Samura who owns a house that was built under the cotton tree.

Foday Samura maintained that he decided to cut off the cotton tree because it was hanging dangerously above his house, adding that the people he hired to cut the cotton tree assured him that the cotton tree will be cut off in a way that it will not cause damage.

Unfortunately, the cotton tree fell on the wrong path damaging his house and two other houses, one of which was completely brought down by the cotton tree, he explained.

He confirmed that no life was lost and also not aware of any substantial damage to any individual but maintained that properties in the tune of millions of Leones were destroyed.

A resident, Osman Kamara, whose house was damaged by the falling cotton tree said that he was not informed by Foday Samura about the cutting of the tree.

Kamara stated that he called on Foday Samura to stop the cutting of the tree but he (Samura) did not listen on the grounds that he has spent a lot of money on the cutting of the tree.

A stakeholder at the New England Ville Community, Pa. Samura who lives nearby, said that he was not informed by Foday Samura that he was going to cut the cotton tree which he said did not go down well with him.