The Sodu Development Association of Foya Statutory District in Lofa County based in Monrovia has condemned in the strongest term, the barbaric, criminal and destructive attitude of some three hundred (300) unknown Sierra Leoneans who entered the town of Sodu last Thursday, March 15, 2012.
A statement issued in Monrovia Monday described the Sierra Leoneans as gangsters who unleashed mayhem and caused pandemonium.
The statement quoted Sodu citizens in Monrovia and its environs as alleging that the Sierra Leonean gangsters entered the land of their nativity with arms, clubs, knives, cutlasses and other weapons, resulting to wide-spread looting leaving five houses and two churches burnt, 12 vandalized and the rest looted.
About 300 Sierra Leoneans last Thursday violently crossed over the Liberian-Sierra Leonean border, west of Foya District to protest the death of a motorcyclist. According to eyewitnesses in the area, the motorcyclist, Fayia Karpy died as a result of a tragic accident in Sodu while enroute to Sendia, his home town across the border in Sierra Leone from Foya.
“While we commend the state security apparatus for restoring calm, we are also saddened by their late arrival which could have prevented the mayhem, chaos etc.; the alleged killing of cattle’s by the security apparatus assigned there to protest the already distressed population are our current concern,” expressed Sodu citizens based in Monrovia following a meeting last weekend.
The Sodu Development Association also expressed its deepest sympathy to the bereaved family of Fayia Karpa who lost his life as the result of the tragic accident, hoping for investigation and justice if there was foul-play.
“We are also appealing to the Lofa County Legislative Caucus, Government of Liberia, humanitarian organizations, LRRRC etc. to assist the distressed people of Sodu,” they appealed.
Meanwhile, the SDA is inviting on all Sodu citizens, Neighbors, friends and partners for a mass meeting on Sunday March 25, 2012 at 2:00pm at the Body of Christ Evangelistic Church, Chicken Soup Factory in Gardnesville.