Tension Mounts over Killings in Nimba

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Scene from a live video of the Baniguea village arson attack

In less than 72 hours, two persons have reportedly been killed in Nimba County in two separate incidents at different locations, creating tension among the communities within which the incidents occurred.

The town of Banniguea near Tappita was on early Monday morning set ablaze by angry mobs in retaliation of the killing of a young man by another man from that town. The victim of the stabbing is from the town called Kpowin, in Yarwin Mensonnon District, but he had spent much of his lifetime in Bannigea.

In a video recording, a local resident of Banniguea, Pastor Menledy Towah, is heard narrating in the Gio vernacular that some residents of Kpowin, a nearby town, entered Banniguea during the early morning hours of the night and set houses ablaze because one Diamond and Archieboy had a tussle in which Archieboy was wounded apparently to his death.

On Sunday, January 31, 2021, a young man, Archieboy Moses, 20, went into a tussle with Diamond Glay, also 20 years old, after Archieboy complained about flashing motorbike light in his eyes.

Police quoted Diamond Glay who is currently undergoing interrogation as saying that one of his friends bought a motorbike and he (Diamond) took it to ride in the town.

While going towards the owner’s house, police quoting Diamond said some men who were sitting at the front porch felt irritated for flashing the light in their faces, something that got Archieboy to begin an argument with Diamond.

Diamond according to police alleged that while tussling, Archieboy attempted taking a knife to stab him, and in the process he too took scissors and plucked Archieboy in his chest, which subsequently led to his death.

When the death news of Archieboy Moses reached his kinsmen in Kpowin, our correspondent said the citizens moved to Banniguea and set several buildings ablaze, causing residents of the town to flee into the bushes. 

“Motorcyclists’ activities have been disappointing, but the main challenge is police does not have logistics to reach to crime scenes quickly.  One Pastor Menledy Towah talked to the disenchanted parties and they calmed down.  We first want to calm down the situation to find a solution to what had happened because setting properties ablaze is strongly prohibited by our traditional norms,” said Lombaye Barlea, Acting Statutory Superintendent of Tappita District.

Similarly, on Saturday, January 30, 2021, a 55-year old herbalist was allegedly brutalized and killed in Buu – Yao Administrative District, precisely in the town called Yao Nanlah.

According to Police Crimes Services Department, Nimba County Detachment, the herbalist, John Mendoakeh, was leaving Yao Nanlah Town heading towards another town, Yao Karnlah to treat his patient, but while en – route, he came across a 27-yr old man known as Marcus Quiah, who was from the opposite direction. For reason yet to be known, Marcus Quiah brutalized the herbalist to death.

Chief Detective Oscar Seyeh told the Daily Observer that after Marcus Quiah had killed the man; he reportedly ran to Nanlah Town and told the citizens that he came across four heartmen, and dealt with one and them with the rest running away.

“After telling the citizens,” the CSD said, “The citizens and the community watch security decided to rush to the scene for verification, but when the Community Watch Forum got on scene, they met the herbalist brutalized all over his body and stomach, even with his intestine running out.”

The CSD explained after the CWF discovered it was the herbalist, they ran quickly to Nanlah and arrested Marcus Quiah and forwarded him to Sanniquellie.  

The alleged perpetrator, Marcus Quiah is a resident of Beo, while the late John Mendoakeh was from Yao Youtuo. When the death news of the man reached his family in Youtuo, the citizens marched to Nanlah to revenge, but the perpetrator was already relocated to another destination.

This recent killing marked the third since we entered 2021; early in January, 2021 lady stabbed her boyfriend/lover, wife to death in Behwalay, the Kparblee Administrative District.

The perpetrator had since fled into the Ivory Coast upon the incident, while the local authority continues to pressurize the local Ivorian authority for her extradition, so she can stand trial.

3 COMMENTS

  1. So, what is the moral of this story? All over the world where leaders make the practice of good governance as a first priority, they would re-calibrate their strategies and allocate maximum resources to meet the challenges of the time. Inactions, failures, delays are never considered as options under emergent circumstances for they only prolong and exacerbate the crises.

    For example: A debate is going on this week between President Biden’s administration and ten Republican senators over his proposal of 1.9 trillion dollars to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Why did he propose such astronomical amount? Because according to experts policy proponents in his government, the scale of the problem is colossal and in order to deal with it adequately, the government must divert enough funds to combat its existential threat.

    Now, relating this scenario to Liberia: Many heartless crimes like the ones described above are happening because of the lack of adequate budgetary allocation on both the national and county government level to plan and execute a comprehensive criminal justice system.

  2. When will Liberians learn that the shedding of human blood is against God, man and civilization?
    Why will you find pleasure in stabbing someone to death? After posing such act, do you expect to lead a peaceful life and death?
    “Whoever sheds human blood, by human beings shall their blood be shed, for in the image of God has God made humankind’, Genesis 9:6

    I pray that my fellow country women and men can come to know that the human life is sacred.
    There is a time for everything, my people. The war is over, stop the killings!

  3. Paterus Dolo

    I am moved by your very touching prayer. In beseeching God, you said: “I pray that my fellow country women and men can come to know that the human life is sacred.”

    In my personal opinion, the prayer presupposes a two-tier approach. One, it underlines the point pastors, imams, and clergymen need to do more in preaching against the vices of murder and getting by with impunity for it has engulfed our nation in “fraternal blood-letting” on an alarming scale.

    Two, it also underscores the need for the “so-called Pro-Poor government” to put the people’s money where their mouths’ are. In order words, “take action to support one’s statements or opinions.”

    Nevertheless, many young and talented minds are graduating out of high schools and colleges in Liberia at a rapid rate, and the government could make money available for some of these folks to do advance studies abroad in areas relating to social work, psycho-social counseling, crimes prevention and intervention, and so forth. This is very important most especially when the country had gone through a 14-year devastating civil war, which bred thousands of psychopathic killers and other hardcore criminals of all degrees, shades, and colors.

    If the president can instantaneously find money in the public coffers to rent private jets and fly around the globe with large guests, then this pursuit should not be a farfetched one for him at all. The money often expended on foreign travels, which brings no substantial returns to the country could go a long way in providing some of the kind of invaluable education and training needed towards transforming our criminal justice system plus many others.

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