Nimba County Superintendent, Fong G. Zuagele, has directed civil authorities of Buu – Yao Administrative District, including the chiefs and commissioners, to ensure that those involved in the brutal killing of a murder suspect at the Buutuo Police Station in late February are brought to justice.
Supt Zuagele gave the order during a one day “Non Mob Violence” forum held in Gblorlay Township on Tuesday, April 21 when he instructed the chiefs and civil authorities in the district to ensure that those who carried out the mob justice are arrested and turned over to police so that peace, justice and security can prevail in the area.
“I will be very clear here. Our partners will be gone and thereafter, we will make sure that the rule of law prevails because we have the responsibility to support law enforcement without any limitation,” he said.
Supt. Zuagele further emphasized that anybody who commits crimes such as murder and their collaborators, irrespective of their status will be prosecuted by our administration.
Speaking on the topic, “Consolidating Buu – Yao District,” he described the area as the food producing belt of the county.
He then cautioned the residents to shun violence and instead seek peace and unity.
The occasion brought together nearly all stakeholders of Nimba, including commissioners, chiefs, elders, youths, security apparatus in Nimba and also citizens of the two chiefdoms (Wea and Nimkwai) where the dispute leading to the mob violence started.
Earlier, the Acting Clan Chief of Frolay Town, Nuah Yealue, who initially handled the case, expressed dismay over the manner he and the elders were marginalized by the Statutory Superintendent of Zoe Geh District, Albert Farnga, and the Commissioner, Daniel Zehkpeh, who he accused of not showing any concern over the incident.
On February 23, a group of angry men from Wea Chiefdom stormed the Buutuo Police Station, overpowered the two police officers assigned there and hacked to death a suspected murderer who was in police custody. The suspected murderer was accused by the angry men of killing one of their kinsmen.
Since the incident, the police have been able to arrest two persons, while 11 others are still at large. There is a speculation that those involved are carrying on their normal business without any attempt being made to arrest them for their alleged complicity in the murder.