Nimba County Senator Prince Y. Johnson and the county’s Electoral District #1 Representative, Jeremiah Koung, have rehabilitated the recently vandalized Ganta police station.
The rehabilitation, according to sources, was a pre-condition to lifting the ban placed on commercial motorcycling in Ganta.
The sources said that the two lawmakers decided to rehabilitate the police station because they felt that the ban on commercial motorcycling has led to hardships for Ganta residents.
They underwrote the cost of rehabilitating the police station on behalf of the citizens to ease the movement of goods and services across the economically viable city of Ganta, the Daily Observer was informed by their respective offices.
The cost of the renovation was not disclosed and the Daily Observer gathered that the two lawmakers promised to replace every item that was looted or destroyed.
Rep. Koung explained that the police station’s rehabilitation was initiated after President Sirleaf informed the Nimba Caucus that the ban on commercial motorcycling would be lifted only after the renovation of the police station, along with the restoration of everything that was either destroyed or looted.
“Even though our colleagues were not pleased with President Sirleaf’s decision, Senator Johnson and I decided to underwrite the cost to ease (the difficulties) our citizens were facing in terms of transportation,” he said.
On September 30, an angry crowd stormed the Ganta police station and the DEA office after the body of a motorcyclist was discovered around the Methodist compound in Ganta.
The mob set ablaze the home of businessman Prince Howard for being allegedly connected to the death of the motorcyclist allegedly for ritualistic purposes.
Police apprehended 46 rioters who are now facing various charges in court.
Meanwhile, the government has lifted the ban on commercial motorcycling thereby easing the movement of goods and services in Ganta. Additionally, the commercial motorcycling union advanced suggestions, including age limits, numbering of motorbikes and the effective execution of justice whenever their members become victims while providing their biking services to the community.