A group of violent supporters, including county officials of businessman Benoni Urey’s All Liberian Party or ALP have allegedly brutalized several health workers and staffs, including guards at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Ganta City, Nimba County.
A victim of the alleged attack David Neaseh narrated to this paper that the attackers entered the hospital’s premises onboard a party vehicle thru the emergency gate when guards on duty there instructed them not to park in the drive way, something which sparked commotion and subsequently led to the flogging of the security officers.
Other victims of the attack also explained the ALP officials and supporters pretended as though they had onboard their vehicle an emergency patient and entered the hospital grounds. ALP Nimba County Chairman Bob Yini and group of party supporters allegedly attacked four security personnel of the hospital, including the Chief Accountant at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital Prince Dolo, staffs James Kolubah, Jerry Saye, James and David Neaseh.
The incident transpired on Monday, 19 September at about 8:45 P.M. When contacted, ALP county chairman Bob Yini and his security guards declined to comment. However, the administrator of the hospital Mr. Patrick Mantor confirmed the flogging of some his employees by the ALP partisans, but said officials of the party have openly apologized for their action.
The incident has created panic among residents of Ganta with some pondering how could a political party that is seeking votes from electorates attack peaceful citizens, including health workers.
Over the weekend, the political leader of the All Liberian Party Bonoi Urey at the collaboration meeting of opposition parties in Ganta City called for unity among politicians on one hand, and politicians and citizens on the other. But act carried at the Gant United Methodist Hospital clearly contradicts the ALP leader’s call.
By Franklin Doloquee, Nimba-Editing by Jonathan Browne