Nimba County Senator Prince Y. Johnson has blamed the recent violence in Ganta, Nimba County on the failure of the government to bring to justice those involved in the alleged ritualistic killings of peaceful citizens of the county.
“This act on the part of the government serves as a recipe for conflict. If justice fails to prove guilty the masterminds of ritual killings of our citizens; it is unwise for security officers to move in only by violence than to investigate its immediate cause,” Senator Johnson pointed out.
The Nimba County Lawmaker made the comment via mobile phone on a local radio station in Sanniquellie over the weekend following the recent riot in Ganta City, Nimba County.
He pointed out that while he condemns the act of vandalism that was carried out in Ganta by some individuals, it is also important for the justice system to ensure that alleged perpetrators involved in the killings of innocent citizens in the area for ritualistic purposes are prosecuted.
Senator Johnson blamed the recent violent protest carried out by some residents of Ganta on the persistent mysterious killings of Nimba citizens by for sacrificial purposes.
He named the 2013 mysterious killing of a motorcyclist whose corpse was discovered at the Ganta Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC) Bypass, the death of Jacob Vanmoore who was slaughtered in Bluon Town, Mah District on September 27 and the Wednesday September 30, 2015 murder of a motorcyclist, as indicators which fueled the recent violence in Ganta.
According to the Nimba County Senator, people suspected to have been linked to those mysterious killings are yet to face justice; something which, if not addressed could lead to recurrences of the incident that took place in Ganta.
He has meanwhile called on Superintendent Fong Zuagele and the local county officials to ensure that every town in Nimba County where the Liberia National Police (LNP) is not deployed organizes a vigilante groups to protect themselves against such unwholesome practices.