Suspected Criminal Allegedly Commits Suicide in Ganta Police Holding Cell

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After he was held for stealing a pair of slippers

A man believed to be in his mid – 20yr was on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 found hanging in the  LNP holding cell in Ganta to the surprise of the officers and even those in the cell with him.

Police officers in Ganta are yet to comment on the issue, but one of the officers told this paper on condition of anonymity that the man, Saviour Moore, was held for stealing a pair of slippers from a vendor on Ganta main street.

He said Moore is a notorious rogue and has on many occasions been brought to the police for thievery, hijacking and burglary.

Moore, as he was seen, used his jeans and black shirt to hang himself on the holding cell window bar, apparently, while the other detainees were asleep.

“We all slept on duty and didn’t hear any noise, but surprisingly this morning, the detainees started shouting and calling, only to open the gate to see the young man hanging,” said one of the officers.

Upon the incident, he was immediately taken down and rushed to the Ganta United Methodist Hospital where he was later pronounced dead on arrival.

No further detail was given as the nurse on duty at the time refused to speak to the reporter under the condition that he was not clothed with authority to speak to the press.

There have been no tension from any of the relatives up to press time, but the Daily Observer learned from other sources that the parent was aware that his son was a criminal, where at certain time he and his grandmother faced the magisterial court when he burglarized her house.

This is the first time for suspected criminal to take his own life away in the police holding cell in Ganta City.

However, the CSD Nimba Division has confirmed to this paper that the family accepted his body for burial. It is not yet clear whether there was any precondition reached before the family took the body; however, CSD Commander Oscar Seyeh told this reporter that the interaction with the parents was peaceful and understandable.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Fishy story!

    It all boils down to the abject poverty of families in Liberia. A 20-year old child who should have been in school is left to fend for himself in the streets, how do you expect him to do it without a profession or formal education?

    Instead of revamping our school system with coercive measures for every child of school age to learn something, they steal the money to buy private planes for themselves.
    Instead of creating decent jobs to enable parents to cater to their children and provide for their livelihoods, they steal the money to build private hospitals for themselves in South Africa and other properties in Ghana and Equatorial Guinea.
    Instead of empowering our farmers with proceeds from dodgy mining companies to add values to our economy in the shortest time possible for a gradual takeover of our mines by future generation to enable an immense and sustainable spur of development in every sector of Liberia, they heartlessly jeopardize the future of an entire country by taking brown envelops to be deposited in banks in the USA.

    Wicked, you are!
    You and your generation will be cursed for leaving Liberia destitute.
    Your souls will feel excruciating pains in the fiery furnace of hell.
    You are wicked and heartless; you people will die with your eyes wide open.

    May God forgive this innocent child and welcome him in HIS bosom for eternal rest, Amen!

  2. These flimsy stories or reports of “suicide” by hanging as described here, most definitely need further investigation to get to the truth. This man reportedly used his pants and shirt to “hang himself?” And in a crowded police cell, “while his friends were asleep? Same way two men were alleged to have died in a holding cell a year or two ago, in this same Nimba.

    Firstly in a police cell everybody will not fall in such deep sleep so as not to be aware of what is going on around them. Most times people take cat naps under those circumstances. Not the kind of hopme-type sleep described here.

    Secondly, how high could the gate or whatever the man used to hang himself be, in order to have accommodated the length of that self-made “rope” used for the hanging? And with a loose hands, anyone dying from from asphyxiation or choking for air, that young man would have fought revulsively in trying to rescue himself from that condition.

    One wonders whether an autopsy will even be done, in order to ascertain the police version of this incident? That would be necessary to clear any suspicion in this matter. That would be a rule of thumb in any civilized socity as part of the general rule of law. Suggestive of the fact incarceration for any civil infraction is not necessarily a death sentence.

    But I bet you, that poor man and his family will just have to live with what those sloppy police say happened. A police cell with no door and often right under the nose of the front desk sergeant, and a prisoner is alleged to have committed suicide and with remnants from ripped off attire? That guy must have had scissors or some sharp object to cut something especially like his pants to the desired sizes for a noose. What a “bloody lie?” like Baghdad Moses would say. Someone killed that young man in that freaking cell.

    And this death, like the one before of the two guys who reportedly died under similar mysterious circumstances in the same Nimba County two years ago, may be linked to something fishy going on in that county. Bottom line, INVISTIGATE! the darn murders and don’t just take the words of those slothful police officers as gospel. The ball is in your court Cllr. Musa Dean, as that would be akin to true JUSTICE! The one you purport to represent.

  3. And this reminds us of this story below in which a young pregnant girl and her unborn child died in similar circumstances during the administration of the immediate past government right here in Monrovia and not as far as Nimba.

    Where Is the Zayzay Autopsy Report?

    April 3, 2016

    EDITORIAL LIBERIANOBSERVER

    How does this government think it can get away with such an atrocity?

    Why has the government of Liberia not released the autopsy report on the death of Victoria Zayzay?

    The GOL’s answer is that the report was “inconclusive”.

    If that is the case, then why not release it and order a second opinion? Surely that would have been the wisest course of action both for a government that is already under suspicion for the mysterious deaths of political opponents and whistleblowers, and for the sake of the bereaved family.

    If a few rogue officers committed the crime, boot them out and bring them to justice.

    But the fact that the government has withheld the report for this long and the family has finally had to bury their daughter five months after her death without an autopsy report, stinks of suspicion and callousness (indifference, cold-heartedness). It renders the entire government complicit in the crime!

    How heartless. How cruel.

    Whatever happened to women’s rights under Africa’s first democratically elected female president, that a woman, a pregnant mother, can die with her unborn child in such a gruesome manner in police custody, and the murders go unsolved without even so much as the courtesy of an investigation?

    Even if the report had been inconclusive, that should have put more of a burden on the government to conduct a thorough on-the-ground investigation. Who is the depot commander? Who were the officers on duty that night? How was it possible that no one saw what happened?

    Of course, as all things done in the darkness must come to light, a copy of the report was allegedly leaked through none other than the Justice Ministry itself. Reportedly, it concluded that Victoria Zayzay did not die from hanging.

    The question, then, becomes how did she die, and why? What happened?

    If she did not die from hanging, then was she killed? If she was killed, then by whom? What did Victoria Zayzay see in the police cell that night? Did she witness a late night drug deal in the depot? What information was she privy to?

    Then again, she was also a very attractive woman. Was she raped? Is that why the autopsy report was never released? She was also pregnant. Was it a ritualistic killing?

    These are the questions to which the government exposes itself when it goes about concealing information that is vital to laying the fears and suspicions of the public to rest.

    The government of Liberia has in fact treated Victoria Zayzay’s death like that of a stray dog – not even warranting the human dignity of an investigation.

    Worse still, it seems a concerted effort was made by the responsible authorities effectively to deny justice in this case.

    In a press statement issued nearly three months after Zayzay’s death in police custody, Police Director Chris Massaquoi assured the general public that “the LNP attaches serious concern to this matter” and that “a comprehensive investigation” was ongoing, pending the outcome of the autopsy report.

    We are yet to see the makings, let alone the findings of said investigation.

    When the family saw no such ongoing investigation as promised by the GOL, Madam Comfort Zayzay, mother of the deceased and grandmother of the unborn child, yet unable to bury her daughter’s body, staged a sit-in protest at the Temple of Justice. There, she met Chief Justice Francis Korkpor. When
    she begged him to help her get justice for her daughter, he chided her and her fellow protestors for using the judiciary for “political” purposes.

    “This is not a political ground and we will not tolerate people holding protest as a means of getting justice. This is not the purpose of the Judiciary. We are a not a party to any case. We are only here to make sure everybody gets justice,” he chided the bereaved mother and grandmother whose pregnant daughter had died in police custody.

    A heartless rebuke, as if the death of one’s daughter in police custody classifies as a political matter! It definitely is not, Mr. C.J!

    The Justice Ministry itself, which leaked the autopsy report in January 2016, had told journalists that with the report in hand, further investigations would be conducted.

    “…if it establishes that anyone is involved,” the MOJ source assured the public, “we are going to deal with such person for Ms. Zayzay’s death in our cell transparently, and we want to assure the public that we will remain transparent until the matter is brought to rest.”

    The MOJ is yet to live up to its promise.

    The giver of Justice in the country, to which Chief Justice Korkpor directed the mother of the victims, has not dispensed justice as promised or as required.

    As such, Victoria Zayzay’s blood and that of her unborn child remains on the hands of the Government of Liberia.

    Micahael Allison, Victoria Zayzay, Harry Greaves… Who will be next, and where and when will it end?

  4. Yep. A lot of hot cases have not been pursued or seriously investigated over the years. As a consequence of that, the cases have turned cold. I can name a slew of cases, but it won’t help. Maybe, a full-scale reshuffling is needed. Maybe, replacements are needed across the board. Maybe, a top to bottom sweep is needed. Too many arm-chair managers. In some cases, there’s too much talk (or bluff) but no action.

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