‘Zogo’s’ Body Found on Benson Street


Personnel from the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) began probing the circumstances surrounding the death of an unidentified man, whose body was found yesterday on Benson Street, Monrovia, on the steps of a nearby business entity.

The body, residents said, was discovered on Wednesday between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. when street sellers in the area were returning home.

Our reporter who was in the area around 10 p.m. reported seeing a handful of officers from the Liberian National Police (LNP) staring at the body, but could not say what might have killed him.

The deceased’s body was fair in complexion, medium build, with a low uncut hair, and about 168 centimeters or 5 feet 6 inches in height and believed to be in his 30s.

He was clad in jeans shorts, a red t-shirt, with a pair of shower slippers. Near the body was a small plastic bag containing several tablets.

Environmental personnel from the MCC told the Daily Observer on condition of anonymity yesterday morning that their office was informed by one of the residents via a phone call about the body on Benson Street.

“It is because of the call that we came to remove the body, because it was in the way of pedestrians,” he said.

The scene was later processed and the body removed by the MCC personnel. No information was obtained to trace, if any, family of the deceased.

Prior to the removal, a police van that came along sped away when the driver noticed the gathering of suspected ‘Zogos’ in the area.

However many young men and women referred to as ‘zogos’ and ‘zoges’ came to take a look at the body of the deceased, to establish whether he was from their community or elsewhere.

“Zogos” and “zoges” are males and females (mostly young people) who practically live in the street and are found in ghettoes and addicted to illegal drugs.

Meanwhile, a female ‘zoges’ denied ever having seen the deceased in their community prior to his death, suggesting that he could come from another ghetto, at the notorious Blakpah Community.

“This guy was never a part of us, neither was he part of the group I know from West Point,” one of them said.

The increasing number of Zogos suddenly burst into a popular song, in a chorus, sang, “Zogos and Zoges can marry oh, Zama golay, zama golay ohoo….” and danced till they walked away from the area.

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Born unto the union of Mr. & Mrs. Johnson Tamba on May 16. Graduated from the Salvation Army School System " William Booth high school" in 2006/2007 academic year. He also went to the Young Men Christian Association (YMCA) computer program, where he graduated with a diploma in computer literate in 2008. He is now a senior student of the University of Liberia, Civil engineering department, reading Civil engineering. He is in a serious relationship with Mercy Johnson and has a junior boy name, Otis Success Johnson, born 2016, March 29.


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