Following Sunday’s violence in Montserrado County District 10, police authorities in Monrovia say eleven persons have been arrested in addition to the arrest of Rep. Yekeh Kolubah’s personal security aide, Abu Keita.
Violence erupted in the district when Rep. Kolubah’s security and one Mohammed Bah who went in to videotape children at the event clashed, allegedly wounding Bah.According to the police, Boima Jones, Richard Dolo, Alieu Jalloh, Samuel Kollie, Alvin Kennedy, Clarence E. Josiah, Lincoln Moses, and Lorenzo L. Johnson were among those arrested.
Others include John Williams, Moses Ross, Andrew Wonah, and Prince T. Waiwor.The Liberia National Police (LNP) also clarifies that at no point in time did Rep. Kolubah call Police Inspector General Col. Patrick Sudue and no response was made.
The Police argue that call log available to them indicate that Col. Sudue called Rep. Kolubah more than four times to check on him and ensure that the situation was brought under control.Additionally the police say they have launched a full scale investigation into report of shooting at the home of Rep. Kolubah, promising to make the findings public.
Police say as a result of the riot, three childern were taken to the Catholic Hospital, but one of them has been discharged while the other two undergon treatment.Police say parents reported that their kids were allegedly suffocating at the program due to overcrowdedness in the hall.
The police deny claims that Rep. Kolubah and Col. Sudue discussed that President George Manneh Weah had instructed the police not to respond to the incident.On Sunday eyewitnesses said Rep. Kolubah had organized a program to entertain children from his district and provide them book bags, copybooks and other school materials when a guy identified as Mohammed Bah arrived on the scene and began videotaping.
According to eyewitnesses, Bah was prevented by Rep. Kolubah’s security aide Keita, sparking a tussle.Keita is said to have bitten a piece of Bah’s ear off. But the incident was greeted by angry mob that demanded the living body of Keita.
Police whisked Keita away from the district for his safety. Angry crowd suspected to be supporters of ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) retaliated by throwing stones from every direction, wounding a riot officer from the Police Support Unit (PSU) of the LNP. Several others were injured, including children.
By Winston W. Parley