Two Nimba County lawmakers have -Representative Jeremiah Koung of electoral district one and Senator Prince Y. Johnson, have offered to renovate the Ganta police station vandalized last month by motorcyclists in a revenge attack for the death of colleague.
Speaking to The NewDawn in Ganta, Representative Koung said he and Senator Johnson decided to undertake the renovation so that government could lift the ban on motorcyclists
because citizens of Ganta are suffering. He said the city of Ganta lacks public transport so residents rely on commercial motorbikes as the only means of transport. Earlier, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf met with Nimba
lawmakers in Monrovia during which they called for the lifting of the ban imposed on motorcyclists in Ganta by the Ministry of Justice. The Nimba lawmakers told the President since the ban was imposed, normal movement of their people, including marketers, goods and health workers have become difficult.
They said as a result of the restriction against motorcyclists, marketers are not going to the market, health workers and other government employees were not reporting to work on time.
In response, President Sirleaf said in order to lift the ban, motorcyclists should renovate the police station vandalized during the violent protest or money should be taken from the County Development Fund to carry out the renovation, something that led the two lawmakers to take the initiative to renovate the police station. Hundreds of motorcyclists who joined the renovation work at the Ganta police station promised not to ever get involve in violence again.
According to them, as a result of the ban by the Government of Liberia, they are suffering as their bikes are packed. “My brother, since this action my children are not in school because I do not have money to pay their fees, no food in my home”, one motorcyclists lamented.
Meanwhile, police in Nimba have arrested and charged three suspects for murder in connection with the alleged killing of a 15-year-old motorcyclist, Melton Wehgbay, whose dead body was found in September 10, near the Ganta United Methodist Compound in Ganta City. Those charged for murder are Bill Lawrence, Fanta Kamara and Tony Sekie.
The Liberia National Police had arrested 60 suspects in total on September 30, but 18 of them were released due to lack of evidence. However, residents of Ganta are demanding the arrest of local businessman Prince Howard, whose business center was set ablaze by angry mob.
One of the prime suspect, Bill Lawrence, has linked Prince Howard to the recent mob violence that lead to the killing of another motorcyclist identified as ‘Decent Boy’ during the Ganta violence. Residents of Ganta are said to be mounting pressure for the arrest of Prince Howard, who police said is going about his normal activity, but could be called in for questioning if a need arise.
By Franklin Doloquee, Nimba-Edited by Jonathan Browne