‘Heartman’ activity has resurfaced in the border town of Buutuo and its environs, causing fear among the residents during the current farming season.
Several citizens have complained of being chased by some unknown men, while carrying on their normal farming activities.
On Wednesday, April 15, the Statutory Superintendent of Zoe Geh District, Albert Farngar, appeared in Buutuo, complaining that while on his way from Bahn to Buutuo, he was chased by some unknown men, causing him to fall in a ditch filled with mud.
“I was approaching Buutuo Town at about 7:30 p.m. and I saw men standing ahead of me with a shining torch light, flashing it directly in my eye. While trying to avoid it, my motorbike ran into a ditch filled with mud and water, causing me to fall.
“After I dropped, I saw them running toward me. So I left my bike on the ground and fled,” he added.
When Mr. Farngar came to town, a group of men went to his rescue and retrieved his bike, but did not find who had allegedly chased the district superintendent.
During the night, a town crier went around warning the community to be mindful while in the bush, due to what he referred to as ‘heartman’ activity.
The commissioner’s compound, where the Statutory Superintendent is presently staying was crowded with sympathizers.
The road leading to Buutuo is deplorable, with pot holes at the entrance of nearly all the towns.
“If these brushes are cleared no one would hide behind them to chase people,” said one of the sympathizers.
“Local authorities are not pressing on residents to brush their roads as they used to, so it makes very dangerous riding on a bike along a bushes road, where ditches are opened,” another person alarmed
But the secretary to the Statutory Superintendent, Duo Gbeadeh, said the locals do not easily take instruction from their authorities any longer.
During Nimba County’s last County Council Sitting, Superintendent Fong Zuagele instructed the chiefs to enforce brushing all feeder roads, which is yet to be enforced.