In fulfillment of his manifesto promise to the people of Malen Chiefdom, Pujehun district and in consonance with the new direction government's determination to tend to the needs and aspirations of its people generally and to promote foreign direct investment, in a peaceful just and inclusive society, His Excellency the president ,Retired Bragadier Dr. Julius Maada Bio, commissioned a mediation committee, headed by no less a person, than the Honourable Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh, on the recurrent land dispute in Malen Chiefdom Pujehun district. The mandate of the committee was to enquire into and come out with recommendations that would resolve the conflict between the landowners, the Chiefdom council and the SOCFIN Agricultural Company (Hereinafter called ' the Company').
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The British set up a trading post near present-day Freetown in the 17th century. Originally the trade involved timber and ivory, but later it expanded into slaves. Following the American Revolution, a colony was established in 1787 and Sierra Leone became a destination for resettling black loyalists who had originally been resettled in Nova Scotia. After the abolition of the slave trade in 1807, British crews delivered thousands of Africans liberated from illegal slave ships to Sierra Leone, particularly Freetown.