Police have charged eight persons and forwarded them to the Karnweaken Magisterial Court in River Gee County in connection with the arson attack on a police station, a Liberian Flag and a commercial truck after a motorcyclist died in a fatal accident recently.
River Gee County Attorney Wesseh A. Wesseh told the NewDawn that the eight suspects charged so far include a Clan Chief and a Town Chief; but the youth leader in Karweaken who led the deadly incident, Bobby Jalawa and four others were still on the run.
State securities have already lunched a man hunt for the five suspects still on the run, though they have been charged in absentia as their eight arrested colleagues that are before the Karnweaken Magisterial Court, According to Atty. Wesseh, the charges include armed robbery, arson, attempted murder, theft of property, as well as criminal conspiracy, among others. The suspects have been remanded at the Fish Town Central Prison of River Gee.
The Clan and Town Chiefs were suspected to have incited the young people into going on the rampage after the truck and the motorbike conveying victim Samuel Choloplay collided. Riot police were deployed from Monrovia and two neighboring counties – Maryland and Grand Gedeh – to beef up security in River Gee, and authorities said calm was restored last week.
The truck driver, BangalieKonneh who is said to have come from Gardnerville, Montserrado County, had reported himself to a police station hosting a checkpoint between KalipoKarnweaken and Jolowroken in River Gee County after the accident.
But angry mob went in demand of his living body which police resisted, before the mob burnt down the police station. The deceased motorcyclist was said to have overtaken the truck in a deep curve before the chain of his object dislocated, thus failing to accelerate.
The truck eventually hit him from the rear and killed him instantly, a NewDawn’s source said.