The Eternal Love Winning Africa (ELWA) radio station owned and operated by the Sudan Interior Mission (SIM) here was Tuesday’s night reportedly set ablaze by unknown persons.
Police are yet to announce any arrest relative to the incident, which happened less than 24 hours after a runoff presidential election in the country. The station’s main broadcast studio and other offices were destroyed in the fire.
The ELWA Management headed by Fredrick White and other staffers, who toured the scene Wednesday, dump-founded or down-hearted with the situation to the extent that none of them was willing to speak to the press on the incident.
However, some eyewitnesses told this paper Wednesday during a tour of the facilities that the incident happened late Tuesday night as they were going to bed after monitoring partial results of the run-off elections broadcast on various local radio stations.
“The incident took us by surprised because ELWA has never aired views from any politician(s) or political party(s) during this charged electioneering period,” a resident told this paper.
The ELWA management and the government for some time now have had sour relations over a parcel of land which the current administration wants to construct a complex for its cabinet, but the Church has since refused. The matter was taking to court by the government but later withdrew, saying it was abandoning its claim over the land.
The ELWA radio station has been the latest to have been hit with what seem to be an electoral violence. The first was Love FM, Love TV and Liberian Journal Newspaper owned and operated by the Sarafina Venture and Communication Incorporated, which along with three other stations were shut down by the government early this week.
Prior to that, several private homes and other properties were also destroyed by petrol bomb, which seem to be politically motivated. Police in Monrovia made several arrests in connection with what appeared to be a wave of arson attacks here.