Police in Monrovia have charged Montserrado County District #10 Rep. Yekeh Kolubah’s personal security aide Abu Keita with aggravated assault, following Sunday’s violence that erupted during a children party at Smythe Road in Sinkor.
Mr. Kolubah had organized an event at the FCMA School to entertain kids on 20 January when his security aide Keita and a man using mobile phone to videotape the program, Mohammed Bah clashed.
A piece of Bah’s ear was said to have been cut off when Keita allegedly bit the victim in the tussle that ensued over Bah’s refusal to leave the hall.
The incident disrupted the entire program as angry residents, mostly believed to be supporters of ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) went on the rampage in demand of the living body of Mr. Kolubah’s security aide.
Mr. Kolubah is a staunch opposition to President George Manneh Weah, restlessly criticizing the CDC government’s activities.
Several persons including children were reported to have sustained injuries in the aftermath of the violence.
Police investigators say defendant Keita attempted seizing Bah’s phone when the accused bit and cut off piece of Bah’s left ear during tussle.
According to police, some individuals including Mohammed Bah, Saah Cooper, and Kollie as well as Kamara made their way into the fence at FCMA School and began to take pictures.
Defendant Keita is said to have noticed the individuals and walked to them, demanding the phones that they were using to take pictures, but they refused to submit to his demands.
Tussle erupted when Keita attempted seizing Bah’s phone, and it subsequently degenerated into riot that witnessed angry residents throwing stones in reaction to Bah’s injury.
Bah alleges that Keita bit his ear, forcefully took his phone and further US$3,500.00 from his pocket.
Keita has been sent to court for aggravated assault in violation of Chapter 14, Sub chapter B Section 14.20 of the New Penal Law of Liberia, pending court trial.
By Winston W. Parley