By Patrick Stephen Tokpah
Bong County-Police in Gbarnga, Bong County have charged and sent to Court eight suspects for allegedly murdering a man identified as Samuel Mulbah in Saybay Town in Electoral District#2, Bong County.
Addressing a news conference early Tuesday morning, the Liberia National Police Bong County Detachment Crime Services Division Commander, John Kellenso Flomo said the 21 years old man was allegedly tied and murdered on the order of Local Authorities of Saybey Town in Jorquelleh District.
According to a report from the Liberia National Police, the Town Chief of Saybay Town, Aaron Saybay allegedly instructed seven men to tie the victim, because he flogged his colleague identified as Saturday Kerkulah with a stick which led him unconscious and bleeding with blood.
According to the Police, upon the tying of the victim, the Town Chief of Saybay Town again instructed seven youths of the Town to transport both Samuel Mulbah and Saturday Kerkulah to Nyallah Town, on grounds that the suspect, Samuel Mulbah, should be turned over to the Community Watch Team in Nyallah Town for them to be forwarded him (Samuel Mulbah) to the LNP’s Headquarters in Gbarnga, while Saturday Kerkulah should be taking to the Phebe Hospital for treatment.
But, on the contrary, while Samuel Mulbah, Saturday Kerkulah along with the seven youths were on the ferry crossing the Jor Creek Victim Samuel Mulbah allegedly jumped from the ferry into River.
“They didn’t make an effort to save the life of victim Samuel Mulbah upon jumping into the river. Until Samuel Mulbah was discovered dead by some local authorities from another town in the area,” Commander Kellenso noted.
Commander Flomo revealed that upon receiving the information, a team of investigators was dispatched; when they got on the scene, a fifteen-man jury was set up to physically observe the lifeless body of the late Samuel Mulbah.
The jury reported that victim Samuel Mulbah die as a result of drowning.
However, the eighth suspects have been charged with Murder and Criminal Conspiracy by 14.1 and 10.4 of the panel law of Liberia.
The suspects are Aaron Saybay, Tamba David, Kermue Mulbah, Sumo Kerkulah, John Flomo, Emmanuel Saybah, Junior King, and Emmanuel Kollie.
Speaking to a team of reporters following Police’s investigation, the alleged suspects admitted arresting and tying the victim but denied throwing him in Jor Creek to drown.
The eight alleged culprits clarified that Samuel voluntarily jumped into the Creek while crossing him to the next town in a locally made ferry at about 7 pm, but felt reluctant to recuse him due to darkness.