Over 200 residents of Butaw in Sinoe County have fled their towns and villages for fear of alleged police harassment in their respective homes following the deployment of dozens of armed police Emergency Response Unit (ERU) to protect properties of the Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) Company which was recently ransacked by some citizens of the County.
According to our Correspondent, women and children ran from their homes following reports that armed police ERU were in the County to arrest those linked to the ransacking of the company’s facilities leaving the company’s properties in a complete ruins.
Meanwhile a press release from the head office of the GVL said the company has begun assessing damages at its Butaw farm site. And its remain committed to the local community and are working both the Sinoe and Grand Kru Legislative Caucuses, the Liberian National Police, and other authorities.
The release further said, the company’s monthly payroll for employees will be conducted as normal, stressing, “ We have not been officially offered the use of the Sinoe County Development Fund (CDF), and it is not our intent to use the CDF to repair damages. If we are asked to use the CDF for damage repair, we would utilize the funds together with the citizens for urgent county purposes, such as school, clinic and road building and repair. We will not use the CDF for any damage repair,” the release concluded.