Investigations conducted in the deaths of two children whose bodies were discovered on December 2 in the VOA Community on Robertsfield Highway was due to suffocation (asphyxiation), due to the lack of oxygen in the vehicle they were found, the Liberia National Police said in a statement yesterday in Monrovia.
Inspector General Chris Massaquoi said the investigation further concluded that the vehicle in which the bodies of the children were found had its window glasses sealed up.
Director Massaquoi clarified that contrary to media reports and pronouncements being made being made about the death of the two children, preliminary examination found that all the body parts f the two children are intact and that the bodies have so far shown no signs of being ‘brutally murdered,’ as it has been rumored.
He said the vehicle in which the bodies of the two children were found had the inside locks and openers damaged or absent.
Director Massaquoi said on Wednesday December 2, the Liberia National Police received information of the discovery of the bodies of two children, Rubben Paye, aged 7, and Alvin Moses, aged 4, whose whereabouts could not be established by the parents at about 3p.m. Both children had earlier returned home from school about 10:00 hrs and were in the yard of the parents.
“Subsequently, a report was made by Victor Moses, father and guardian of both children to the police at Zone 8 Police station located in the ELWA Community at about 19:00 hrs,” he said.
The following morning of 2nd December, the bodies of the children were discovered dead in an abandoned black Toyota Avalon vehicle located on the premises of the next door neighbor Mr. Henry O. Nnadi, a Nigerian national.
“Upon the discovery of the bodies of the two children, Rubben Paye, and Alvin Moses, a mob action followed which resulted to the burning down and looting of the home of Mr. Nandi on whose premises the bodies were found along with four other vehicles that were burnt and/or damaged.
He said following police investigation of the incident it was established that the death of the two children is accidental and that the police does not have evidence to link Mr. Henry O. Nnadi to their death.
Meanwhile, the Police, in consultation with the coroner of Montserrado County, have been informed that the result of the coroner’s inquest also showed that the deaths of the children were accidental and/or not suspicious, the statement said.
Director Massaquoi said, due to the mob action that led to the burning of Mr. Nnadi’s house and destruction of his properties eight suspects, including Raymond Brown, Stephen Wilson, Dubon Logan, Augustine Gbarpue, Emmanuel Diggs, Eric Karty, Lassana Kannah and Michael Horace have been charged and awaiting court prosecution.
Victoria Zayzay’s Death in Police custody
Director Massaquoi said a Ghanaian pathologist, contracted by the Liberian government has completed an autopsy on the body of Victoria Zayzay and are awaiting the findings from the Ministry of Justice.
He said the findings will establish the cause(s) of Ms. Zayzay’s death and he assured the general public that the LNP attaches serious concern to this matter and a comprehensive investigation is ongoing, pending the outcome of the autopsy report.
He said Victoria Zayzay, 21, who died in who died in police cell at Zone Six, Depot 1, Police Station on the Hotel Africa Road Community on the 20th of October 2015 at about 6:30 p.m. was arrested by officers of the Liberia National Police following a complaint filed by one Mammie Morris, a resident of the same address for Simple Assault and Criminal Mischief.
Investigations have revealed that the deceased was charged and incarcerated in the female cell at which time she was the only person in the cell waiting to be forwarded to court for prosecution on the above mentioned charges.
Few hours later, the police statement said the victim was discovered unconscious in the cell with her lappa tied from the cell gate around her neck, sitting flat on the floor and leaning against the gate, and bending over with her head resting on her chest with thick fluid oozing from her mouth.
She was hurriedly removed from the cell, rushed to the Redemption Hospital for medical attention, where she was pronounced dead on arrival (DOA) by medical authority thereat.
He described the situation as unfortunate and extended LNP’s deepest sympathy to the family of Victor Zayzay.
Director Massaquoi said “it is often said justice delayed is justice denied; it is worth noting that the Government of Liberia doesn’t have pathologist, therefore, a foreign pathologist was found and contracted as usual to perform the autopsy which is a time consuming process. To date, the police have not received the pathologist’s report.”
Meanwhile, Director Massaquoi announced the arrest of one of the most notorious armed robbers, identified as Alfred Lablah (Puyul) at Waterside on December 2. Puyul was wanted in connection to a streak of armed robberies.
“Suspect Poyul, along with his band of robbers has been waging series of robberies in Paynesville, Bushrod Island and Brewerville communities. He has confessed his involvement to the robbery at the home of former Grand Kru Senator Cletus Wotorson on 17th November,” he said.
He revealed that the Liberia National Police is in search of his accomplices, who were identified as James Harris alias ‘CO’ or ‘wolf’,Boakai Kengo, alias ‘Jeddie’, ‘Body Prince’ and Matthew Mah alias ‘Five Star.’
“All of these suspects are wanted by the police and are armed and dangerous. The police are soliciting information and cooperation of the public on the whereabouts of these suspects. The police want to make it emphatically clear, that anyone found to be in contact with and or providing a safe haven for these suspects, will be arrested, investigated, and charged with armed robbery, which is a non bailable offense,” he stated.
Director Massaquoi concluded that “it is important to note that the incident involving the death of the two children to which a Nigerian national has been publicly linked, the Liberia National Police would like to inform the public that as member of the global community every citizen or non-citizen who is accused of any unlawful offense has equal protection under our law without discrimination, as this is in line with our obligation to protect minority rights and therefore, the accused is of no exception.”