Liberia: Gunmen Storm President Weah Maternal Home, Allegedly Shot One Resident, Arrest Others
GBI-DORU, Nimba County — Report from Dorgbor Town, Gbi-Doru Administrative District says several gunmen claiming to be police officers on Friday, April 30 stormed the town and began firing live bullets.
In the process shot one resident, and took away several others including the victim to an unknown destination.
On a distressed call from Dorbgor Town, the Youth Coordinator of the area, Michael Tiah told FrontPage Africa that the men, dressed in plain clothes arrived in the Town in a pickup truck with staff of the Liberia Tree and Trading Corporation (LTTC). Tiah said, at first the men told the townspeople that they were land surveyors sent to demarcate the company’s operating area. But when the residents refused on grounds that they were not rightful authorities to grant them permission, they soon went back to their vehicle, took up weapons and began shooting .
“They came with staff of LTTC and told us they were surveyors. But the citizens they were not rightful people to allow them carry out any survey. To our surprise, they went back to their car, changed to all over black clothes and took up guns and started shooting over the town,” Tiah explained.
“Our concern now is the three people including our brother who was shot. We don’t where they took them.”
The incident, according to Tiah has left residents terrified with dozens fleeing for refuge in the bushes.
FrontPage Africa spoke to Police Spokesperson Moses Carter but he said the police are still investigating and will come up with preliminary findings this morning.
FrontPage Africa also called a representative of the company, Amos Myers to respond to Tiah’s claims but his phone did not ring.
Residents of Gbi-Doru based in Monrovia have expressed concern over the incident and called on the authorities to speedily investigate and establish who is behind the incident.
‘We are troubled because the police have not been able to establish who were behind the shooting. We went to Central and met 109 and they have called all of the nearby units but can’t establish who are behind the shooting,” said Dudley Dubois, Jr. a spokesperson of the Gbi-Doru citizens in Monrovia.
Gbi-Doru Administrative District is one of the remotest parts of Nimba County. It is located in District #9 and forms the boundary with Rivercess Grand Gedeh Counties.
The area is endowed with vast forest but residents have complained over the years that logging company LTTC, owned by a former lawmaker of Nimba, Ricks Toweh has failed to live up to its corporate social responsibilities.
Recently, President Weah, whose late mother hailed from Gbi-Doru, became the first President of Liberia to visit the area. He expressed shock over the appalling living condition of the people and promised to help improve their lives.