At long last the Alvino Hotel in Ganta, Nimba County attacked and vandalized last September by protesting youths has begun renovation. Addressing reporters in Ganta, the proprietor of the hotel Liberian entrepreneur Prince Howard accused government for not holding accountable those responsible for vandalizing his business or coming out with findings on the attack.
He lamented that since the attack, there has been no investigation by the authorities. Mr. Howard observes that police in Ganta are not empowered to swiftly respond to such crises whenever they occur in the county.
He said the police lack access to vehicles and other logistics to quell violent protest by citizens thus, resulting to destruction of private properties. According to him, businesses in Ganta are not being protected under the law, and calls on government to protect local businesses from mob violence.
Mr. Howard stressed that business houses pay taxes to government, so they deserve protection. The Alivno Hotel, including several other properties owned by Mr. Howard were set ablaze by angry mob in Ganta on September 30, 2015 following the discovery of the remains of 17-year-old Milton Wehgbay at the Ganta United Methodist compound in Ganta City.
The Government of Liberia thru the Ministry of Justice subsequently imposed curfew in the provincial city, and rounded up several suspects. Ex-Justice Minister Cllr. Benedict Sannoh led a government delegation to Ganta and spoke with residents, calling for calm, but the authorities are yet to probe the violence and release findings.
By Franklin Doloquee, Nimba-Editing by Jonathan Browne