Christmas Day in Voinjama City witnessed the destruction by fire of four offices of the Voinjama Administrative Building which hosts the Liberian government’s line ministries and agencies in Lofa County.
The four offices reportedly burnt included those of the Land Commissioner (Ministry of Internal Affairs); County Education Office (Ministry of Education); County Attorney’s Office (Ministry of Justice); and the Center for National Documents and Records Agency (CNDRA) Lofa Office.
According to an eye-witness who spoke to the Daily Observer via mobile phone, the fire originated from the backyard of the Voinjama Administrative Building. Lofa County Joint Security sources told the Daily Observer that gardener Blama Fofana, who allegedly started the fire, is being held for investigation.
When the fire broke out, hundreds of Christmas celebrants stormed the untouched left wing of the Administrative Building and made away with computers, typewriters, and other office equipment and supplies.
Additional information reaching the Daily Observer alleged that some of the suspected looters were arrested by officers of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). Reports say suspected looters had originally gone to help put out the fire.
“Joint security does not want all kinds of persons going to Fofana’s house to obtain information on what actually transpired as a result of the fire incident,” a security source said.