At least 8 persons have been arrested so far in River Gee County in connection with the burning down of a police station by angry mob after a transport truck with license plate: TT-0165 dragged and killed a motorcyclist instantly.
The accident reportedly occurred on Saturday, 8 August between Killeeto-Karweaken and Jolowroken in River Gee. Police sources confided in this paper Tuesday that one of the conductors on-board the truck is reportedly missing in action.
The angry mob is said to have abandoned the victim’s body on the road and chased the truck driver to the police station where he had gone to report himself to the police. The driver has been identified as Bangalie Konneh, a resident of Bannerville, Montserrado County.
The attackers burnt down the flag of the Republic of Liberia, the police station and the truck involved in the accident – all in revenge of the death of the motorcyclist identified as Samuel P. Chloplay. The police station was constructed by the United Nations Mission in Liberia or UNMIL, under its Quick Impact Program at an estimated cost of US$35,000.
The victim was a member of the National Independent Motorcyclist Union with bike # 0057. According to police sources, among those arrested include the alleged ringleader of the mob violence, Bobby Jalawah. The arrested persons have been taken to the county capital in Fish Town, according police spokesman Sam Collins. He said the arrested individuals will be dealt with in accordance with the full weight of the law, adding the police will not encourage gansterism.