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PYJ wants trial by ordeal in Nimba

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Controversial Nimba County Senator Prince Yormie Johnson, discloses plan to
shortly introduce practice of traditional oath taking in Nimba in the wake of alleged increased witchcraft activities among the population.

The Government of Liberia has since declared trial by ordeal illegal, but Senator PYJ, ex-warlord and preacher says, traditional oath will help in combating wave of witchcraft activities in his native, Nimba.

Making the pronouncement on Radio Kerghemahn FM 94.5 in Ganta, Nimba County, he notes that citizens now live in constant fear due to said demonic practices.

The senator’s pronouncement comes in the wake of a bill being drafted by Nimba County District#8 Representative Larry P.Youngquoi, seeking reintroduction of trial by ordeal to bring to book, people involved in ritualistic killing.

Over 20 people have reportedlylost their lives in the county as a result of alleged witchcraft activities with several persons making confessions.

Few months ago, news emerged in Nimba from the region inhabited by members of the Gio ethnic tribe near the Liberian-Ivorian border where Senator PYJ hails from about young people in the area reportedly crossing into neighboring Ivory Coast and bringing in a witchcraft practice known as ‘nine months.’

According to reports, the practice involves implanting charms into their spouses intended to kill men who have sexual relationship with them after nine months. –
By Thomas Domah/Nimba –Editing by Jonathan Browne

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