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Police: Paynesville man shoots himself and wife

By Lincoln G. Peters

Police authorities in Monrovia say they are investigating a man from Paynesville, suspect Theophilus Okaramee, 52, for allegedly shooting his 36 – year – old wife, Kimah Okaramee at the back of her head and subsequently turning the single-barrow gun on himself at 5:00 AM on Thursday, 23 September 2021.
The police announced the incident at a press conference last week, disclosing that suspect Theophilus was taken to the John F. Kennedy Hospital while his wife was taken to the Benson Hospital in Paynesville.

Moses Carter, spokesman of the Liberia National Police (LNP) told reporters that the alleged shooter and his wife were receiving medical treatment, and police will continue investigation after their recoveries.

The alleged shooter, according to Mr. Carter, is a member of the Deaf and Dumb community of Liberia residing in Paynesville.

Carter explained that the cause of the incident is yet to be established by police investigators, as the suspect and the victim are undergoing medical attention.

He also used the time to provide major updates on national security issues, adding that the LNP is investigating Q-Net, citing allegations of human trafficking and theft by deception being carried out by Q-Net.

Q-Net, is a non-formal savings organization, known locally as Susu club.

According to him, the LNP’s investigation is prompted by a barrage of allegations brought to its attention by several victims who have fallen prey to scams from agents of Q-Net.

Carter continued that one of the latest victims is a Sierra Leonean national, Alpha A. Conteh, 22 years old, who was trafficked to Liberia from Sierra Leone by an agent of Q-Net, Alusine J. Conteh.

He said Alusine is a Sierra Leonean national who dubbed the victim of the amount of US$900 under the pretext of helping the victim travel to Malaysia and gaining employment with Q-Net.

The victim was on 14 September 2021 brought to the country by Alusine Conteh with his money taken away from him dubiously, Carter revealed.

It can be recalled that in July 2021, another Q-Net agent, Abu Kamara was charged and forwarded to court for his alleged involvement in human trafficking and theft by deception by the Liberia National Police.

Abu was accused of trafficking fifteen children and young adults to Liberia from neighboring Guinea, Sierra Leone, Mali, and Ivory Coast. Carter stated that the victims were also robbed of US$13,650.

Those currently being investigated include Jusu Mulbah-28, Al-Haji Amara-34, Fofana Bokarie-24, Tamba Mansaray-31, and Alusine Konteh, all residents of Old Road. Members of the public are urged to be cautious of their business transactions with Q-Net in avoiding them being trafficked or robbed by agents of the company.

“The Liberia National Police assures the members of the public of its resolve to bring to book anyone caught in any dubious activity aimed at robbing our citizens of their hard-earned resources” Moses Carter vowed.

Commenting on the kidnapping case in Paynesville on 7 September 2021 at about 8:24 PM, Carter indicated that the police received a complaint from a Liberian female, Joetta Gant, 33 years old, who claimed she was kidnapped by some unknown men who picked her from AB Tolbert Road, Paynesville between 5:00- 6:00 PM and taken to the Coca Cola Community in Paynesville.

According to him, the victim narrated that she had embarked on a commercial motorbike and was headed for Redlight when the rider of the bike placed another passenger behind her.

She revealed that while on their way, the passenger that was picked up rubbed something on her face believed to be a handkerchief which left her unconscious and taken to an unknown location in the Coco Cola Factory Community.

She further revealed to Police investigators that after few hours, she was released on grounds that she was not well and that the alleged kidnappers’ policy was totally against dealing with women of such.

Carter said after receiving the said complaint, the LNP launched an immediate investigation in ascertaining facts surrounding the victim’s claims and ensuring that perpetrators are made to face the full weight of the law.

However, he said the victim has not availed herself of an investigation.https://thenewdawnliberia.com/police-investigate-womans-kidnap-claim/ –Edited by Winston W. Parley

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