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Protesters have petitioned the House of Representatives to summon and demand Police Inspector General Col. Patrick Sudue to give account of a murder suspect who disappeared from police custody after allegedly killing a seven year – old boy.

On Thursday, 6 September, the protestors said Sierra Leonean national suspect Alusin Jalloh was held by police since 15 August for allegedly murdering and extracting body parts of seven year old Victor Fahnbulleh.

But they say on Thursday, 30 August, police allegedly told Victor’s family that suspect Alusin was no longer under their (police) custody and that they could not account for the suspect.The House on Thursday received and sent the petition to the leadership of that body so that the matter can be reviewed.

Col. Sudue appears to be in hot water over the disturbing revelation by the protesters, as he and the police public affairs team refuse to take calls from this paper to give their account on the matter.In the petition, protestors from Montserrado County District #17 say seven years old Victor Fahnbulleh was reported missing from Banjor Community on Monday, 13 August.

They say on 15 August, little Victor’s corpse was found on 15 August around the Unity Conference Center with body parts extracted.Upon arrival at the crime scene, the protesters indicate that the Liberia National Police (LNP) arrested Victor’s stepfather suspect Alusin, a Sierra Leonean.

The suspect was taken to Police Zone Six Depot in Brewerville which is commanded by Chief Superintendent Blama Yancy.While at the Zone Six Police Depot, the protesters lament that suspect Alusin had his clothes changed and placed a call to the mother of the victim identified as Ma Zoe Sherman.

“The particular clothes of the alleged murder suspect which could be a potential evidence in the murder case based upon forensic investigation, cannot be located by the officers at the Zone 6 police station,” the protesters wrote.Suspect Alusin was allegedly held for seven days at Police Zone Six Depot without being charged, prompting a peaceful protest in Brewerville by Banjor residents on 24 August.

But the protesters say Officer Yancy told them that suspect Alusin had already been transferred to LNP Headquarters in Monrovia on 23 August for investigation.According to the protesters, on Saturday, 25 August and Monday, 27 August, victim Victor’s parents saw suspect Alusin in police custody during preliminary investigation.

But they say on Thursday, 30 August, police allegedly told Victor’s family that was no longer under their custody.-
By Bridgett Milton-Edited by Winston W. Parley

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