Preliminary police investigation also shows that Kardiatu admitted to committing the crime.
One of the victims, Dorcah David, told this newspaper that “Kardiatu told us that we were going to Toe's Town in Grand Gedeh County to help her sell her goods. But when we reached Ganta, Kardiatu told us that we were going to Ghana where she has some men to be our husbands.”
She continued: “While in Ganta, we stopped for tea at one of the shops along the road. And there, one of my friends, Mercy Jallah, was also approached by Kardiatu on this same issue. The girl refused. She also informed the police about it.”
“We want to go back to our people in Monrovia,” the girl added.
For her part, Baby “T” Chea, also known as Princess Chea, explained: “I was in my yard with my sister when kardiatu asked me to go with her somewhere. I asked her where we were going. She said nothing until in Ganta when she told us that we were going to Ghana.”
Dorcah said her mother is a fish seller at that Gobachop Field in Paynesville.
One of the police officers investigating the case told the Daily Observer that the victims were immediately be turned over to the protection unit of a Sanniquellie-based NGO, Equip–Liberia, until their parents can be contacted. However, they girls attempted escaping from the Equip Protection Camp. So, they were sent to the Women and Child Protection Section of the LNP in Ganta.
Effort to get the side of Kardiatu Sheriff did not materialize as she was already in police cell. She had since been transferred, along with the victims, to Monrovia for further probe, police sources say.