The body of a motorcyclist whose brutal murder resulted in the September 30, 2015 violent rampage by a mob of mostly motorcyclists in Ganta, Nimba County, was on Monday, January 24, laid to rest following frantic efforts by family members for local authorities to release his body.
Nathan Wehgbay’s body had been at the funeral home since the September 2015 incident and was released to the family this month following the intervention of concerned citizens who pressured the county leadership over the delay in releasing the body.
The father of the deceased blames the government and local officials for doing “little or nothing to help bury our son.”
The late cyclist reportedly died at the hands of suspected criminals who were said to be plundering the county.
Mr. Wehgbay, paid tribute to those he described as “people of goodwill and sympathizers” that contributed to the removal of his son’s remains from the funeral home to his final resting place.
Meanwhile, Nimba County Superintendent, Fong Zuagele, said the government was responsible for the preservation of the body at the funeral home.
Zuagele disclosed that those allegedly involved in Wehgbay’s death have been arrested, appropriately charged and sent to court for trial.
Nathan Wehgbay’s gruesome murder in Ganta last year sparked serious tension resulting in the destruction of several buildings, including the Ganta Police Station, offices of the Drug Enforcement Agency and the home and properties of businessman Prince Howard, whom the demonstrators suspected of complicity in Wehgbay’s death – something he vehemently denied.
The death of Nathan Wehgbay came less than a week after the body of another motorcyclist was discovered in Ganta’s Flumpa Community. The badly decomposed body was reportedly mutilated.
The brutal killings angered the residents, including a sizeable number of motorcyclists, who took to the streets in protest, blaming the government for not prosecuting those that allegedly committed the crimes.