Liberia: Angry Mob Sets Three Men Ablaze In Paynesville for Allegedly Stealing Motorcycle


PAYNESVILLE – Angry crowd in Paynesville on Thursday morning beat and burned to death three men who they accused of trying to steal a motorcycle.

FrontPage Africa reporter saw two charred bodies near Coca Cola Factory. The third, according to eye witnesses, was a bit farther in Wein Town.

One of the eye witnesses, who requested not to be named, told FPA that the three men stole the motorbike and while escaping, were chased by the angry crowd who set them ablaze.

“The men stole a motorbike and tried escaping with it, but unfortunately for them, they were overpowered by the angry crowd. They beat them and burned them alive. They were three in number. Two were burned near Coca cola Factory and the other got killed in FDA community,” the eyewitness explained.

The witnesses said the men cried for help as they were mobbed, stoned and beaten with clubs and later set ablaze using car tyres and gasoline. Despite the huge crowd that caused traffic congestions for hours and social media coverage, there was no police on scene. FPA contacted Moses Carter via mobile phone, but his phone rang with no answer. 

The penal code classifies mob violence as a crime. However, mob violence continues to be on the rise due in part to the public’s lack of confidence in police and the judicial system.

Last year, separate groups of angry protesters stormed the Harper Central Prison in Maryland County, freeing 91 inmates and set ablaze the home belonging House Speaker Bhofal Chambers as the result of the mysterious death of a motorcyclist identified as Mordecial Nyemah.

A hotel in Ganta, Nimba County was as set ablaze by angry mob, while the Police station in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County was also burned by an angry crowd due to the death of a man identified as Abraham Flaka.

Flaka, a correction officer assigned at the Zwedru Correction Palace died at the Martha Tubman Hospital from wounds sustained while in a fist fight with a petit trader named Amadu.