LIBERIA: Man Dies In Immigration Holding Cell

Bureau of Immigration boss, Col. Lemuel Reeves
Bureau of Immigration boss, Col. Lemuel Reeves

A 35-year-old detainee identified as Augustine Nyumah has reportedly died in an immigration cell in B’hai Jozon Border, Grand Gedeh County, southeast Liberia, leaving behind his girlfriend Dekoutee Banto and two kids.

According to a local daily quoting sources, said the victim, his fiancé took him to BIN officers on duty at the border for allegedly damaging her camera phone. After the victim’s arrest, he was asked to pay for the phone, and he consented to pay US$60.00, but pleaded for time to get the money.

Sources said the BIN officers refused to grant him time, demanding the late Augustine to pay 500 Liberian Dollars as bond fees to be set free until the following day. But the deceased allegedly argued the case had nothing to do with immigration, insisting that he should be taken to the police.

The BIN officers ignored his argument and put him in a jail that contains two cells. Friends tried intervening as they were all celebrating the July 26 Independence Day, but to no avail.

Detail surrounding the death of the late Augustine while in the cell is yet to be established, but official report released by the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization in the county says the victim died as a result of hanging himself in the cell.

There was no photograph to show the deceased hanging in his cell, but the coroner jurors in the county say he died from hanging himself without saying where he got the rob to take his own life.

When the cell was opened, the body of the late Augustine Nyumah was seen lying on the floor. Sources hinted this paper that he might have been brought down by the BIN officers at night.


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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.