Police, St. Paul Residents Clash Over Dead Bodies

By Jefferson D. Tweh

Some youthful residents of the St. Paul Bridge Community and police officers clashed on Sunday over the removal of several dead bodies in the community.

According to the youths, after reporting the death of three persons in the community to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, authorities at the ministry paid deaf ears and refused to take away the bodies for burial.

“We have told the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the Liberia National Police(LNP) about the dead bodies’ issues but there was no response from any of them, predicated upon that we had decided to block the road,”a spokesman of the young people told the INQUIRER yesterday.

The spokesperson, Cllr. S.T. Kettor told this paper that his step-mother, Ma-Siatta Kettor died last week Wednesday morning while he was in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.

He said after his return, he contacted the authorities of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to take the body but the authorities refused to take said body from the community.

According to Cllr. Kettor, the body of Ma-Siatta Kettor spent five days in the house without the intervention of Health Ministry in the community, something he has described as being very clumsy, diabolical and may cause health hazard to the community people.

One of the tenants in the area, Fatu George told the INQUIRER that another victim, Nancy Tommy died last week Tuesday in the St.Paul Bridge Community as a result of brief illness.

Fatu said after Nancy Tommy’s death, the entire tenants who lived in the house informed the authorities of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare but to their utmost surprise; the Health Ministry refused to take the body from the house.

She said due to the refusal of the Ministry of health to take away the body all the tenants in the house abandoned the domicile.

According to Fatu, the tenants also informed the Liberia National Police (LNP) about the dead body issue but there was no response.

The police commander assigned at the St. Paul Bridge Community refused to talk to the INQUIRER on the issue of removing the dead bodies.

As a humanitarian gesture, Montserrado County Electoral District #13 Representative, Saah Joseph carried an ambulance to the St. Paul Community yesterday and took away the three abandoned dead bodies.