In Ganta Mob Violence: 16 Charged With Multiple Crimes

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Accused of being in possession of human skeleton, an angry mob beat two suspects to death, while a third is being treated at a medical facility in Ganta.

In the recent mob violence in Ganta, Nimba County that resulted into the gruesome killing of two suspected “heartmen,” (ritual killers), the Liberia National Police (LNP) has charged 16 persons with multiple charges, and sent them to the Eighth Judicial Circuit Court in Sanniquellie for prosecution.

According to the LNP Nimba County Crime Services Department (CSD), the 16 people were charged with murder, criminal conspiracy, and criminal mischief due to their connection with the recent mob violence in the county.

A police source informed the Daily Observer that there were several persons arrested, but after thorough investigation and screening, 16 were held liable for being at the center of the violence saga, while some were placed on parole to report regularly to the police.

On March 20, 2019, a large group of residents, among them some women, reportedly intercepted and ransacked a taxi cab that was transporting seven suspected murderers in Ganta, pulled the suspects and mobbed two of them to death.

According to information, the seven men were arrested in Bleevalay, Sea Gbeyi Administrative District for being allegedly connected to a skeleton that was discovered in a creek near the town.

No one has yet identified the person whose skeleton was discovered, but the entire issue flared up during confusion between two groups of people that resulted to a fistfight.

In the quarrel, one of the men accused his friend of being a witchcraft, while the other one too accused his friend of being involved with the killing of an unknown man that was later buried in a nearby creek.

Following a tipoff to police assigned in Saclepea, central Nimba County, concerning the startling revelation, the officers dropped the fighting case and mounted investigation into the alleged killing, thereby arresting all those linked to the act.

Several persons were detained for interrogation and, because of the nature of the case, the Saclepea Police Detail decided to send the suspects to Sanniquellie for further investigation.

Based on that, the police hired a commercial cab to transport the suspects. However, while en route to Sanniquellie, the taxi reportedly developed mechanical fault, thus making an abrupt stop before entering Ganta.

At that point, some residents, among them commercial motorcyclists, who heard of the story, reportedly mobbed two of the suspects to death, while another one that was badly wounded in the attack, was transferred to a nearby health facility for treatment.

Since the mob incident, police effected several arrests and later released those who they discovered were not involved, while those they investigated and established were directly connected to the mob violence sent to court for prosecution.

Our investigation continues.

6 COMMENTS

  1. who are those 16 persons for further investigations? and were are those balance suspects from Saclepea, central Nimba County?

  2. Instead of positively preparing for the future, it seems that some Liberians prefer to go back to pre-Liberia. What’s really going on in my country? No jobs? No hope for the future?

  3. F.S. Heny
    So all the billions of jobs in the United States of America, people are not committing crimes? And is it because of “no hope”, that people are engaged in lawlessness in other countries around the world?
    What is the logic behind your post?

  4. Dikenah,
    Do you think that ‘”ritualistic killing” is a moral justification? I was born in Maryland county. . When I was growing up in Maryland, there was ritualistic killing. Yet those who were caught and accused did not look better than the rest of us, neither did they become wealthy by an means. No one in Maryland knew what was gained by ritualistically killing poor people.

    You happened to have mentioned the killing in the US. What’s the logical connection? Of course there’s more killing in America than it is in Liberia. In America, Sociologists and a host of thinkers believe that when killings occur on a constant basis in a particular community, something is responsible. Sometimes senseless killings occur in the “hood” because of drug sales, turf wars, or because of societal neglect. Sometimes because of racial hatred, senseless killing occurs. Should I not ask a question?

    By asking the logical question above, I am wondering what could be done to alleviate senseless ritualistic killings! My sense is if sonething creative is done in the poorer areas of our country, some silly things can be aborted. In Sinoe County just recently, two ladies were nuded and beaten by a mob. The ladies were accused of witchcraft. That was junkle justice at best.!
    I am against killings of any kind, whether it is capital punishment or ritualistic. Do I sound or write like a person who denigates his country? I am appalled by the wave of witchcraft or ritualistic killing that seems to be on the rise in my country.

  5. Hney, the Liberian people are not conversant of cause of the war in Liberia: RITUALISTIC KILLINGS! These practices were denounced by Late Dr. Reverend William R. Tolbert, Jr. in the early 70’s, when he summoned all government and True Whig Party officials at the Executive Mansion in 1972.

    In that meeting, President Tolbert warned all those participating parties to desist and added not to relent in signing any death warrant, regardless of individual connections.

    The test of time came. The Maryland culprits, Anderson and others, we’re apprehended for the same ritualistic killing in that county. They were indicted, prosecuted and convicted. The death warrants were forwarded to the President of the Republic of Liberia. President Tolbert signed the death warrants of Anderson et all and they were duly executed by law.

    What next? The True Whig Party’s National Treasurer, Oldman Anderson became frustrated and supported the coup in retaliation. That was beginning of Liberia’s downfall.

    STOP THE KILLINGS AND UTILIZE THE JUSTICE SYSTEM, MY PEOPLE !!!

  6. Mr. S. H. Johnson,
    I agree with your call for the justice system to be used. I’ve had no problems with the use of our justice system neither do I have any problems now. It bothers me when I read about the mob “did this or that”. Street justice has to stop. The young men and women who prefer street justice over the rule of law are dead wrong. They ought to be told that the good days are ahead of us.

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