By Morrison O.G. Sayon from Nimba County
Following a day of violent riot that led to the death of one person in the commercial district of Ganta, Nimba County, authorities of the Liberian Government have begun assessing the level of damages done in the city.
Yesterday, Justice Minister, Benedict Sannoh, Information Minister Lewis Brown and Deputy Police Director for Administration, William K. Mulbah under heavy security guide visited and assessed areas that were damaged by the rioters.
The three officials were in Ganta to acquaint themselves with the situation in Nimba. On Wednesday a violent riot occurred in the commercial district which led to the death of a young man and the destruction of millions of United States Dollars’ worth of properties.
Most of the properties damaged by the rioters belonged to Mr. Prince Howard, owner and Chief Executive Officer of Alvino Hotel, a multi-million hotel in Nimba County.
At the same time, police in Ganta have launched a door-to-door, house-to-house and street-to-street search of the rioters and looters.
Police are also retrieving some of the looted properties and hunting for those who instigated the violence in Ganta.
The police have begun arresting several of the rioters and looters in connection with the violence that brought the entire city of Ganta to a standstill.
Our reporter who just returned from Ganta disclosed that schools remain closed indefinitely in the city and business activities have begun but at a very slow pace.
Due to the gradual improvement in the security situation, the curfew that was imposed following the violence has been extended to 6:00 P.M. to 6:00 A.M.
Though calm is gradually returning to the city, the situation remains tense as security forces are doing everything possible to apprehend those involved in the wanton destruction of lives and properties in Ganta.
Minister Brown in a brief statement, called on the community to get involved by assisting government in apprehending the rioters and looters.
On Wednesday, it was reported that some individuals accused Mr. Prince Howard of paying some guys in the city to give him human blood apparently for ritualistic purpose. It was based on that, according to residents of Ganta that the rioters numbering over thousands damaged and looted his Alvino Hotel, club and his official residence known as the Royal Home and several vehicles belonging to him.
Mulbah is said to be under protective police custody as investigation continues into the riot saga.