ON SEPTEMBER 30, 2015, violence broke out in the Commercial City of Ganta, Nimba County following the discovery of the body of a man who was allegedly murdered in the city. A group of angry mob most of whom comprised of young people went on the rampage vandalizing and looting the Ganta Police Station as well as setting road blocks throughout the city.
THE INCIDENT ESCALATED to a level that the youths started burning important structures such as the Avino Hotel and other properties belonging to Businessman Prince Howard who it is alleged had ordered the killing of the man for ritualistic purpose. The intensity of the violence led to the deployment of officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) elite Emergency Response Unit (ERU) backed by the Ghanaian Contingent of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).
THE VIOLENCE SPREAD throughout the city and as a result a man who was one of the two accused of being the killers was murdered by the angry mob. Subsequently, the County authorities led by the county Superintendent imposed a curfew for three days lasting from 4 p.m. to 6 a.m. beginning on September 30.
IT IS NOW an open secret that people responsible for law and order, headed by Justice Minister and Attorney General Cllr. Benedict Sannoh yesterday went to the city in a bid to restore order. It is also reported that those responsible for the violence are being in hot pursuit of while others were arrested in keeping law to face justice.
AS WE APPROACH the 2016 timeline for the total withdrawal of the UNMIL from Liberia after fourteen of the Liberia Civil war and over ten years of peace, such a development is very unhealthy for Liberia. These constant violence actions starting from Acerlor Mittal in Nimba to the Golden Veroluem Concession in Sinoe County and now in Ganta actions can no longer be overlooked.
IT IS ABOUT time that the Government of Liberia (GOL) take the requisite and appropriate actions to bring this ugly and uncivilized situation under control. It should no longer be the usual pardoning of those who perpetrate these actions. While we do not condone the unlawful killing of peaceful citizens or residents for ritualistic purposes as being alleged; we believe that perpetrating violence is not the answer to the problem.
THE GOVERNMENT OF Liberia, having seen these events of violence unfolding from time to time, must now take the genuine legal steps to punish those who are taking the laws of the land into their hands. To ensure lasting peace, justice must be done. We are condemning another violence action in Nimba County and craving for the government to bring the perpetrators to book.