Zekepa Residents Debunk Media Report Against Lawmaker
By Edwin G. Wandah
Residents in Zekepa, Nimba County, have rubbished reports, linking Nimba County District # 9 Representative, Martenokay Tingban in the murder of a 19- year old madman, Saye Doe. The man was alleged to have been murdered by Representative Tingban in Zekepa, Yarwin Mansonoh District Administrative District, Nimba County.
According to the In Profile Daily Friday’s edition, captioned, “19-Yr-Old Dies”-Rep. Tingban Linked, the residents in a fierce reaction to the reports called on the author (s) of the story to immediately retract the story because it does not reflect constructive, investigative and balanced reportage, and as such, the writer’s action was simply intended to tarnish the good reputation of the honorable lawmaker.
Speaking to the Inquirer, some of the residents stated that the man in question, Saye Doe, was a mad man who was banished from the town for his subversive behavior.
The residents stated further that it was rather unfortunate for the Representative who just made a brief stop in Kpowein, a nearby town to Zekepa to a Baptist Church, where he donated a cash of US$500,000 as offering and pledged an additional US$900,000 for the Church building project but was attacked by a mad man.
However, chiefs and elders of the town, including the families of the mad man have apologized to Representative Tingban for the man’s behavior and promised to convene a traditional meeting to officially pardon the Representative for the behavior of the mad man.
The In Profile Daily report also said, Representative Tingban ordered the arrest and flogging of Saye Doe, which led to his death, and paid an amount of LD2, 000 to five men who executed the act as a token of appreciation.
Meanwhile, according to Albert Dologom, a resident of Zekepa, Saye Doe was a mad man with epilepsy, but was expelled from the town due to his insubordinate behavior which led to his wounding of many innocent persons.
Albert further stated that Saye usually got on the rampage, carrying a knife, cutlass and any deadly weapon and chased anyone he met, thus creating panic amongst peaceful residents.
“This mad man was surprisingly seen that night attacking the lawmaker; his action was so outrageous and was seen chanting, jumping all over the vehicle of the Representative, thereby leading residents to run helter-skelter. I heard women wailing; this man has come again; Saye has come again; even some of the residents were crying in Gio and Mano,” Albert stated.
“My brother, the scenario that night was completely chaotic. All those who witnessed that mad man’s assaulting the Representative felt deeply hurt as Representative Tingban had just donated some money to the Baptist Church,” Albert stated.
“I don’t think he went to beg for money; what we saw that night was indeed astonishing; he hit the Representative on the head many times so the only thing the Representative did was to escape from the mad man, but that even intensified the problem as he chased the Representative and climbed on his vehicle and threatened to burst the windshield of his vehicle,” Albert explained.
However, reports reaching this paper say that the man was found dead in one of the nearby towns.