Tension in Saclepea as church Leaders threaten to bulldoze Pro grove to rescue member
The leadership of the United Liberia Inland Church in Saclepea, Nimba County is reportedly threatening to forcibly release one of its members, who has been kidnapped and initiated into the Poro Society in Kpaeikpoah Town, near Kanwee.
At a press conference held in Saclepea, Reverend Anthony Gondoun, head of Saclepea Christian Community, said the man, Joseph Saye, 45, was allegedly initiated into the Poro society in Kpaeikpoah on Saturday, August 11.
The news of the forceful initiation of this man is said to be brewing tension between the Christian community and the Poro society people in the Saclepea Region.
The United Liberia Inland Church, to which the member belongs, is one of the leading churches in the areas, something that is creating fear about the situation degenerating into a full blown conflict.
The Christian Community is threatening to move on the area or the town of Kpaeikpoah on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, to have him forcibly taken out of the Poro grove, a potential development which many believe will lead to disaster.
According to a fellow church member, Elder Amos Saye (no relation to the victim), Joseph Saye, and his wife had returned from their farm at around 7:25 p.m., August 11, under heavy downpour of rain, when Mrs. Saye went in to make hot water for her husband to take bath. While the Joseph was waiting, according to the elder, a group of men rushed on Saye, kidnapped him and took him to the Poro grove. According to Elder Saye, An earlier attempt was made on Joseph Saye by the Poro society in 2016, but the man escaped to another town until the society rituals were over. This was the second attempt, Elder Saye narrated.
Many have been calling on the local radio for calm and appealing for the situation to be amicably resolved among the two groups.
Saye Lakpoh, a prominent citizen of Saclepea, recounted that a similar situation of such magnitude, which occurred in 2001, was bloody. And many have appealed to all sides to have the matter resolved peacefully.
As the Tuesday, August 14, 2018 ultimatum draws closer, the local leaders, including Representative Roger Domah, are appealing to the Christians to remain calm, until Wednesday, August 15, to bring the two parties together in Kanwee Town for discussion.
During the traditional chiefs and elders conference in Ganta months ago, Internal Affairs Minister Varney Sirleaf warned traditional chiefs and elders to stop forceful initiations of non members.