Shooting at Sime Darby Plantation

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Doctors removed 4 bullet fragments from the left thigh of Sime Darby security officer Preston Nunuh

…One security officer wounded

Several suspected criminals, who have reportedly been stealing palm bunches from the Sime Darby Liberia Plantation (SDLP), have gone into hiding after one of them allegedly shot a security officer on duty, security sources at Gbah, Grand Cape Mount County, informed the Daily Observer over the weekend.

The security officer, Preston Nunuh had reportedly engaged the suspected robbers into a scuffle when he saw them carrying several palm bunches from the plantation.

“When he saw them,” our source said, “he confronted one of the suspects but little did Officer Nunuh know that the ‘criminal’ had local made single barrel pistol. The criminal, realizing that he was under pressure from the security, pulled out his pistol and shot at Nunuh,” one account said via mobile phone late last night.

Sime Darby security officer, Nunuh, who was sustained a bullet wound to his left thigh, was treated at a local clinic

SDLP management meanwhile took the victim to a local clinic where he is reportedly being treated for bullet wound in his leg.

Police spokesman Moses H. Carter confirmed the incident, which he said took place in the Madina area, Grand Cape Mount County.

“Nunuh got into a fist fight with one of the suspected thieves, who had tried to get away with the victim’s motorcycle, but during the scuffle, the suspect used his pistol to fire a shot into the left thigh of Nunuh.

The suspect then reportedly reloaded his pistol to fire another shot, after which Nunuh decided not to risk his life, and let him go,” a police said.

A senior local manager at the plantation confirmed the shooting, but said, “We took the victim to the clinic, from where the bullets were extracted from his body. The bullets spread on his leg. As you know, it is a single barrel pistol, which shot can spread.”

Sime Darby Plantation signed a 63-year concession with the Liberian government to develop palm and rubber in Grand Cape Mount, Bomi, Gbarpolu and Bong counties.

Currently, the company has constructed modern housing estate for its workers, operating clinic, school. Students are transported in the company’s chartered buses. Also, it has given scholarship to many students at the University of Liberia, Cuttington, Stella Maris, while others have gone to Malaysia for advanced studies. Some of the beneficiaries are currently employed by the company.

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