Woman’s Death Causes ‘Bitter Division’ in Barclayville

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Rep. J. Fonati Koffa: “When I was elected and inducted as member of the House of Representatives on January 15, 2018, this is one of issues I have inherited from my predecessor. And since then l have been gradually approaching the case based on the Police’s status report and from professional background.”

The mysterious disappearance of Madam Tharwan Bellor, commonly known as “Tika” of the Grebo ethnic group, who was a resident of Warkpeken Community, but from Fleneken Community, and the discovery of her dead body in the bush of Seetor Community, about 50 kilometers from the deceased’s residence, is causing a quarrel between residents of Fleneken and Seetor communities.

She was 62 years old and a widow. Both towns which are at loggerhead over the death of Tika are from the Klibo Section in Barclayville, Grand Kru County.

Tika reportedly went missing on Friday, December 30, 2016, and her corpse was found on Wednesday, January 3, 2017, during and under the tenure of former Grand Kru County District #2 Representative Numene T.H. Bartekwa.

The Daily Observer has gathered that the commotion between the two communities is not causing only a bitter division, but “cutting of speech” and “each community member cannot venture into other’s terrain; a situation that is brewing tribal tension in the county.

Mondaye Wesseh from Seetor and Nagbe Sonpon from Fleneken communities respectively confirmed the ‘bitter division’ but the current Grand Kru County District #2 Representative J. Fonati Kofffa, has launched a ‘peace and reconciliation dialogue.’

However, in the status report of the Liberia National Police (LNP), Case #GKB-CSD-460-2016, which was done by a Special Investigative Team, and released on March 30, 2017, indicated that the police ruled-out ‘criminal homicide’ in the death of Madam Tharwan Bellor on grounds that the body parts reportedly being extracted were untrue based upon photo analysis, and also the body was buried prior to the team’s arrival in the county. “Therefore, an autopsy is necessary,” LNP report said.

The status report said since it was reported that Madam Bellor was missing on December 30, 2016, and her decomposed body subsequently discovered on January 3, 2017, the police had not received any information linking anyone to the death, except for those whose names were given (defendants), and who were held culpable, because they came from the direction where the decomposed body of Tharwan Bellor was discovered the next day.

Police said the investigation believed it is not sufficient ground to prosecute those accused.

The Special Investigation Report was signed by Detectives Harvin A. Page, Peter M. Wogbe, Chief Superintendents Monroe A. Dennis, Abu B. Daramy, G. Alvin James, Chief Inspector Terry N. Kerkulah and Deputy Chief of Police Emmanuel D. Jlikan.

The report said the Police in Grand Kru County on January 6, 2017, charged and forwarded to the 12th Judicial Circuit Court in Barclayville, seven suspects (defendants) with kidnapping and murder, namely; Roosevelt Charlie, Jeremiah Swen, Onadrous Weah, Thomas Jappah, Tanwan Dortu Wesseh, Swen Mah Kulleh and Nimeneh Juah.

“The death of the late Tharwan Bellor, which happened in the month of December, 2016, is scaring and mysterious in nature. Our advice to the residents is to remain calm as the government exerts effort to establish the scientific cause(s) of the death. We call upon the residents, and the general public to provide the Police with information, which might help to identify the perpetrators of the heinous crime to bring him (her) to justice,” the police statement said.

The Daily Observer has gathered that the seven suspects have been released on bail.

Meanwhile, a peace and reconciliation meeting between the two communities, Fleneken and Seetor, began with  Rep. Koffa chairing.

“When I was elected and inducted as a member of the House of Representatives on January 15, 2018, this is one of the issues I inherited from my predecessor. And since then, l have been gradually approaching the case based on the Police’s status report and from a professional background,” Rep. Koffa said.

Therefore, he added, “I have met with both communities, I heard their disagreements, and all l can say is that we are getting there. Oldma Tika is from Fleneken, but got married to a resident from Warkpeken, where she met her death. She was a widow, lost her husband, Wonti Kanteh in October, 2016,” Rep. Koffa said.

He expressed regret for her death, but assured the bereaved family that “we are negotiating between the two communities that there should be peace and reconciliation at all times whether a death occurred or not.”

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