‘Mob Violence’ on the Rise in Ganta

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Both the incidents occurred in the north of Ganta.

A wave of mob violence has raised concern in Ganta, Nimba County, the Daily Observer has gathered.

A fortnight ago, a man identified as Eric Dahn, 32, was found reportedly brutalized, and left fumbling on the main street in Ganta, close to Guinea Road junction, but was later pronounced dead at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital where he was later rushed.

The late Eric Dahn was identified as one of the suspected notorious rogues that had been involved in a series of criminal activities, a police source told the Daily Observer.

Dahn was said to have been released from detention three days before he met his demise at the hands of people who allegedly brutalized him.

On September 12, near the Methodist Compound on Sanniquellie road, the body of another man, who was reportedly flogged to death by a mob, was found in a pool of blood.

Up to press time last night, police in Ganta had yet to establish the identity of the man, but some of the commercial motorcyclists described the deceased as an “insane person” who resided with a relative in Ganta.

On the night of September 12, a third victim, a “notorious goat thief” identified as Nelson Gono, was brutally flogged by by a mob, among them, those allegedly previously victimized by the thief’s action.

Gono however managed to escape from the teeming crowd, but reported himself to a police where some of the officers took him to a nearby hospital for treatment of wounds he allegedly sustained at the hands of those who met him at first.

He told police how he had “gone to steal a goat” in Gbeisela community, a stone’s throw from Ganta, when he was chased, captured and beaten by an angry mob at about 4 a.m. on September 12.

Police have since launched an investigation into the wave of mob attacks in the county.

The recent killings have, however, brought to four the number of suspected criminals killed by mob violence in Ganta since the beginning of this year.

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