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Chiefs Accused of Obstructing Justice

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Paramount and clan chiefs as well as sectional heads in Voinjama District, Lofa County have been accused of undermining judiciary procedures by obstructing justice.

Judge John M. Ballah, Magistrate of the Voinjama Magisterial City Court told this paper that paramount and clan chiefs including sectional heads in Voinjama District are obstructing justice by arbitrarily rendering judgment on criminal cases, which should have been handled by the Court.

Judge Ballah libeled the local officials as “extortionist” money takers from their own people in the area in the name of revenue. Judge Ballah stressed that the behavior of these officials have the propensity to deny many residents or citizens equal justice, thus leading to perpetrators going with impunity.

He warned those chiefs and sectional heads to desist or face the full weight of the law. But Judge Ballah’s allegations were rubbished by Chief, Wolubah Dorbor of Upper Walker in Voinjama District.

He said they were not undermining nor obstructing justice in the area in particularly and Lofa County in general.

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