-As Several Criminals Go Into Hiding
Several criminals who have been stealing palm bunch from Sime Darby Liberia Plantation have gone into hiding after one of them shot a security officer on duty. Security sources at Gbah told this paper, but said some arrests were made.
Single Barrel Gun Shots On The Victim Leg
The security officer, Preston Nunuh went into scuffle with the criminal who were seen carrying several palm bunches from the plantation.
“When he saw them, he confronted one of them. Little did he know that the criminal had locally made pistol. The criminal realizing that he was under pressure from the security, he pulls out his pistol and shot at Preston,” a a security source told this paper.
Four Bullets Removed from Left Thigh
He was later taken to a local clinic for treatment by the company. Police spokesman, Moses Carter confirmed that a security officer was shot at by criminals at the plantation. This took place last month in Madina area.
“Preston got into a scuffle with one of the crop thefts who was trying to get away with his (Preston) motorcycle. During the scuffle, the crop theft used his pistol to fire a shot into the left thigh of Preston Nunuh. He then reloaded his pistol to fire another shot, after which Preston decided not to risk his life and let him go,” a leaked document from the police report read.
A senior local manager at the plantation confirmed the shooting but said, “we took the victim to the clinic and the bullets were extracted from his body. The bullets spread on his leg. As you know, it is a single barrel pistol. It can spread.”
victim Preston receiving treatment
Sime Darby Plantation signed a 63-year concession with the Liberian Government to develop palm and rubber in Cape Mount, Bomi, Gbarpolu and Bong counties. Currently, the company has constructed modern housing estate for its workers, operating clinic, school. Students are transported in chartered busses by the company. Also, it has given scholarship to many students at the University of Liberia, Cuttington, Stella Maris. Others have gone to Malaysia for advance studies.
Some of those who benefited from the scholarships are currently in the employ of the company. “There is a problem here in Medina. The government officials here need to try to dismantle these illegal mills. Those people do not have plantation, but you see them with palm everyday. I think the government is not doing good at all to Sime Darby. These people are going down in terms of revenue every week,” Samuel Keadi, a resident of medina said.