The Government of Liberia has in the strongest term has condemned the destruction of properties at the Sime Darby Liberia Plantation following the arrest of over five persons who report said have vandalized facilities at the company’s site on Monday.
Speaking on the issue, Liberian Minister of Information, Lenn Eugene Nagbe addressing reporters at his office noted that such situation; destroying facilities at a foreign owned entity was not healthy for the country, stressing that security authorities are still looking for those who led the riot.
Noting further, the Liberian Information Minister stressed, “The Liberian Government condemned this uncivilized act. This act on the part of these individuals will scare investors. We will not accept this as a government and people. Those perpetrators will be charged and prosecuted. We cannot allow this to happen. Those who did it will bear the full weight of the law,” Minister Nagbe stressed.
For his part, the spokesman of the Liberia National Police, Sam Collins speaking to reporters said the fire set up by these individuals was huge, and noted that it was put out by the some employees including the company’s fire fighters who he said did try to bring this situation under control.
It can be recalled that a group of unemployed people said to be living illegally on the company’s plantation vandalized the facilities of the company after a lady went missing on Monday.
The lady, Kumha Fallah, who is not an employee of the company was given free medical treatment and discharged. After she was not seen, family members and others decided to attack the company’s facilities alleging that the management of Sime Darby was responsible for the missing lady.
After searching, the lady was seen with her fiancé in one of the estates. She was arrested along with her cousin and boyfriend and is undergoing investigation.
Following this unwanted situation, members of the riot police were dispatched on the scene in order to help bring this situation under control.