The family of Mr. Jonah Sokomai Wesseh (Boy Soko) has told the Daily Observer that he was on April 30, 2016 mercilessly attacked to the point of death as he and a female companion left an entertainment centre called “The Office” in the 704 Community on Du Port Road. Speaking in the Capitol Building offices of Senator Conmany B. Wesseh, a spokesman for the family, Anthony D. B. Dweh, said they “reject with shock and consternation attempts by certain sections of the media and unscrupulous individuals to maliciously accuse the victim of playing a heinous role in the condemnable mob violence that occurred on Saturday night, April 30, 2016 in which a life was sadly lost.”
Dweh said Boy Soko’s family, which is headed by River Gee Senator Conmany B. Wesseh, is “a well-known crusader for peace and anti-mob violence,” and “is deeply saddened by this loss.” According to him, the “facts and circumstances gathered by the family are that Senator
Wesseh’s younger brother Jonah Sokomai Wesseh was on Saturday, April 30, 2016 escorting his female friend, who appeared intoxicated, when an unidentified man approached him and claimed the lady to be his girlfriend. “
Dweh told our reporter that what started as a ‘crude joke’ turned violent and both Soko and the young lady became targets of stones and other harmful implements from a group of about 15 to 20 rowdy men.
During the melee, Dweh said Soko told them that he was knocked out unconscious by what he thought was a big rock or iron “that nearly cracked his skull that required him to receive seven stitches for the deep gash on his head. When he regained consciousness, he fled the scene for his life as the notorious mob justice shouted, ‘rogue, rogue’.”
Soaked in blood and barely able to walk, Dweh said Soko returned home and was taken to a nearby clinic for treatment, and thereafter the incident was reported to the Zone Five police station, while treatment continued at the ELWA Hospital with X-ray and further examination of his fractured skull.
“It was en-route from ELWA Hospital that a group of about 10 unruly young men set an ambush at the residence of Senator Wesseh on Tuesday, May 3, obviously to kidnap Soko and take him away to kill him in revenge on hearing of the death of one of the participants in the previous mob violence. That was the first time Soko and any of the Senator’s household had heard that someone else other than Soko and his girlfriend got wounded in that melee,” Dweh narrated.
He said that an attempt to forcibly remove Soko from the Senator’s residence alarmed the lawmaker’s security guards and neighbours who invited the police to abort and disperse the mob that had grown to over 25 persons. “It was at this point that the family encouraged the police to take their member (Soko) into protective custody to the Zone 5 station, while pleading for urgent investigation into the matter.”
Earlier reports stated that the Senator’s brother got into a fight with his girlfriend, and when a bystander attempted to take the girl away for safety, he (bystander) was attacked, allegedly stabbed with a knife and bled profusely to death while en-route to hospital.
Meanwhile, Christopher Johnson, a friend of Sam Gray (the deceased), had earlier told the Daily Observer that Sam tried stopping Soko from carrying the girl that night because she was intoxicated.
Johnson alleged that as Sam and Soko tussled over the girl, Soko took a knife and stabbed Sam in his hand and then on his back, which reportedly led to his death after spending a day and a half at the JFK Hospital.