Officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) have brought calm to Ganta, Nimba County after hours of violent demonstration by an angry crowd, leading to burning and looting of properties and thousands of dollars.
The violence erupted when some residents of the Bligaye Town Community discovered the body of an unidentified motorcyclist who was gruesomely murdered early Wednesday morning on the Ganta United Methodist High School sports pitch.
The unidentified motorcyclist, who is believed to have been in his early 20s, was allegedly murdered for ritualistic purposes.
Tension mounted following the arrest of the alleged perpetrators who confessed that they were hired by a prominent businessman in Ganta to supply him blood and human organs.
The angry crowd set ablaze the man’s major business centers and his home in the Toweh Yard Community.
Calm was restored following the arrest late Wednesday morning of the accused businessman, the alleged mastermind, by members of the Police Support Unit (PSU).
Several security offices, including the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) sub-office in Ganta, were looted during the violence.
Meanwhile, Nimba County Superintendent Fong Zuagele has imposed a three-day curfew beginning today, Wednesday, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 am daily to ensure that the security forces take maximum control of the situation.
Health workers, journalists, ambulance drivers, and pregnant women are exempted from the curfew which, he said, was a measure to protect the population and ensure that the statutory responsibilities of the state are performed.
In anther development, the Superintendent Fong Zuagele has declared few days curfew in the city of Ganta due to the continues refusal of motorcycles to return to their respective places of work.