Residents along the Monrovia-Kakata highway near the vicinity of Bright Farm ran helter-skelter on Saturday, following a sporadic shooting incident that left injured one resident identified as Stephen Borbor.
This is the same highway on which the former head of Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC) and manager of Morris Farm, Keith Jubah, was murdered on November 1, 2009 by some “disgruntled employees.” Recalling that tragedy, the residents did not wait to see who was doing the shooting, but ran for safety.
In this incident, however, the victim survived and was flown to Monrovia where he is reportedly receiving medical treatment at a local hospital for multiple wounds he allegedly sustained during the shootout.
Officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) have confirmed receiving the report and have launched an investigation.
Although the LNP is yet to establish the cause of the shooting, it said it is “investigating an alleged shooting incident that took place specifically near the Bright Farm that led to the injury of Mr. Borbor who was shot in the neck.”
“Circumstances surrounding the shooting incident have not been established, but people of interest, including Bright Farm Operations Manager Pius Z. George, have been picked up and are being interrogated by police investigators,” an LNP statement released yesterday said.
LNP spokesman, Sam Collins, confirmed that the investigation is ongoing but did not elaborate.
It may be recalled that in November, 2009, the man then in-charge of overseeing PPPCC, Keith Jubah, was murdered at his home on Morris Farm, on the same Monrovia-Kakata highway. He is also the head of the farm.
Mr. Jubah was killed on Sunday evening, November 1, 2009, by a gang of men, who were later described as “disgruntled” former employees of the farm.
The late Keith Jubah was one of the country’s most “decent public servants since indeed, he fought against graft,” President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said of him during his funeral rites, adding, “He believed in the reform agenda of this country. The President said Liberia had lost a great asset. His death will not go unpunished and those found guilty of this gruesome cowardly act will be brought to justice.”
Police launched an investigation into Jubah’s death. Two people were arrested and subsequently prosecuted. They were found guilty and sentenced to imprisonment at the Monrovia Central Prison (MCP).