Journalist Flogged By PYJ Supporters In Ganta

By Edwin G. Wandah (In Ganta Nimba County)

Liberia Broadcasting Corporation correspondent, Franklin Dolokiah, was allegedly flogged by Nimba County Senior Senator Prince Y. Johnson’s supporters in the commercial capital of Ganta in Nimba County for photographing them at a drama that erupted at a local radio station in Ganta.

Journalist Franklin Dolokiah explained that some partisans of the National Union for Democratic Progress- NUDP, a party that was founded by the then Senator and contested the 2011 Presidential Elections, coming third to CDC and Unity Parties.

Franklin said, just in that moment, the driver of Senator Johnson noticed him capturing them on a digital camera and immediately blew alarm. “Those guys immediately rushed on me, beat me up and took away my camera and cell phone and even the money I had on me was taken away,” Franklin stated.

He stated further that Wilfred Bangura who is believed to be the chief spokesperson of Senator Johnson was also involved, leaving the NUDP partisans including Gontee Medrics and others in a helter-skelter state.

“Fortunately for me, some friends and relatives came to my rescue, and after the guys noticed the arrival of my relatives including the Liberia National Police and UNMIL, all of them fled the scene.

“They beat me, took my phones and my money, it was then that some friends and family members came to my rescue and took me to a nearby clinic,” Franklin stated.

Meanwhile, the case has been reported to the Police while the victim, Franklin Dolokiah, is currently seeking medication at a local clinic in Ganta.