Lofa-Gbarpolu Boundary Dispute Ends in Gun Riot

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Reports from Lofa and Gbarpolu Counties say a boundary dispute has resulted in gun riots, with many people detained in Kolba City, Kolahun District.  The clash was over a long disputed boundary demarcation between Lofa and Gbarpolu Counties.

There was no confirmation of injury but the report indicated that those arrested included several citizens from Lowoma, Gartima, Sasazu and Kondesu in Gbarpolu County.

They were arrested allegedly for possessing single barrel guns and dozens of ammunitions and transferred to Voinjama City for further investigation.

Citizens of the four Gbandi towns have rejected the boundary agreed upon by all senators, citizens and stakeholders of the two counties.

The citizens of those towns have claimed that the boundary is in Kolahun District, Lofa County.

In 2008, senators, chiefs, citizens, elders and other key stakeholders of Lofa and Gbarpolu Counties assembled at the boundary between the two counties and resolved to uphold all decisions they made regarding the disputed area.

Other key senior citizens, who spoke to the Daily Observer in Monrovia yesterday disclosed that this is the third time such a boundary dispute has erupted.

In a mobile phone interview, one Joseph K. Jallah of Kolahun District yesterday disclosed that the two neighbors are separated by the River Forndia.

Civil conflict analysts contacted in Monrovia for comments on the Lofa-Gbarpolu boundary dispute underscored the urgent need for a swift resolution of the unnecessary but continuous confusion over the boundary between the two counties.

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