Reports from Seclepea, Nimba County say Police have arrested 8 additional suspects linked to the burning down of a police station in Seclepea, Nimba County. Acting Press Relation Director Lewis Norman told reporters that the suspects were identified and arrested by a team of police investigators dispatched from Monrovia this week.
He said one of the suspects, Harrison Quoi admitted that he was among the demonstrators, but said he did not participate in setting the station ablaze.
Norman, however, said suspect Quoi told the police probe that he facilitated the escape of detainees during the riot. Quoi is said to have confessed that he burst the walls of the demolished police station to allow an unspecified number of inmates to escape from the cells. The 8 suspects have been reportedly taken to Sanniquellie for investigation, but the police said they were anticipating addition arrests.
The first group of suspects was reportedly arrested on the day of the incidence. Meanwhile, Norman told reporters in Monrovia yesterday that Police engineers have begun clearing the site of the burnt police station in Seclepea.
Rioters angrily set ablaze a police station on May 29 this year, after a motorcyclist was allegedly killed in an accident with an UNMIL vehicle. Reports say the crowd’s (mixed with motorcyclists) action to set the station on fire was prompted by police’s intervention to rescued the UNMIL vehicle operator from mob action.
Police are still probing into the matter.