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Nurse flogs foster-daughter to death

By Thomas Domah, Nimba County

Police in Ganta, Nimba County have arrested and charged a 43-year-old nurse at the Ganta United Methodist hospital with murder.

Suspect Effice Sonkalay assigned to the mental health department of the hospital allegedly flogged a girl living with her to death.

The deceased identified as Ma Yah Samuel was a 9th grader of the Success Foundation school along the Guinea road community in Ganta City.

The 14-year-old victim met her demise following the flogging she allegedly received from Effice Sonkalay, who had accused the deceased of taking her ( Effice Sonkalay’s) cell phone to school on Saturday, February 5, 2022.

The New Dawn gathered that the deceased was allegedly flogged after she returned from school with the cell phone in her possession, and while trying to answer questions from the 43-year-old guardian.

Suspect Effice Sonkalay is currently at the Sanniquellie Central Prison, pending trial.

This paper also learned that following the incident, angry residents marched to the Ganta United Methodist hospital and demanded the body of 14-year-old Ma Yah Samuel.

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The angry crowd also proceeded to the Ganta Police Station, threatening to set ablaze the station where Suspect Effice Sonkalay was held briefly.

The arrest of Nurse Effice Sonkalay presents the first major case for the new Police Commander Archie Dennis, who just took over the Ganta Police Detachment and has vowed to maintain law and order in the commercial city. Editing by Jonathan Browne

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The New Dawn is Liberia’s Truly Independent Newspaper Published by Searchlight Communications Inc. Established on November 16, 2009, with its first hard copy publication on January 22, 2010. The office is located on UN Drive in Monrovia Liberia. The New Dawn is bilingual (both English & French).
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