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Muslim Community frowns at traditional people in Bong

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Members of the Muslim Community in Gbarnga, Bong County have alarmed traditional people’s alleged practice of persuading people, sometimes using threats to coerce them into joining poro society.

Solomani Swary and Sekou Lassanah Swary Kaba spoke to our correspondent during the demonstration in demand of the release of the alleged arrested men, but they however failed to state the names of those allegedly arrested.

Some members of the Muslim Community in Gbarnga allege that two of their brothers were arrested by a country devil for the purpose of initiating them into the Poro Society.

They argue that the alleged act of the traditional people forcing others to join the Poro Society is totally against the laws.
The Muslim Community members complain that this alleged situation is alarming and needs to stop.

“We [are] calling on them to release our two brothers or else, it will be a serious tension in Bong County here,” the demonstrators warn.

Solomani and Sekou say this alleged act has the tendency to undermining the fragile peace and the rights of citizens of Liberia.

The demonstrators say they have written Internal Affairs Minister Varney Sirleaf, the Liberia National Police and Bong County Superintendent Esther Yamah Walker, seeking their respective interventions.

But they have also threatened further action if their concern is not addressed.For his part, the Native Superintendent of Bong County Mr. William Kollie has promised to respond, but notes that he needs to investigate what exactly happened.

By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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