In Little Victor’s Death: Rights & Youth Groups Call For Autopsy And Independent Investigation
Barely two months since the death of little Victor Fahnbulleh in the Banjor community, a Rights Group under the banner Justice for Victor Campaign in collaboration with the Federation of Banjor Youths is calling on the government of Liberia mainly the Ministry of Justice to set up an independent investigation body excluding the Liberia National Police to investigate the death of little Victor.
On August 15, 2018, 7years old Victor Fahnbulleh lifeless body was found near the hotel Africa area with some parts reportedly missing after three days of search by families and community members.
Police in Brewerville arrested a suspect, Alusien Jalloh and turn him over to the headquarters of the Liberian National Police following an outcry of community members over subsequent charging and court process of the alleged perpetrator.
After several days of advocacy and pressure from the family, Police reportedly told family members that the alleged perpetrator had escaped jailed during the release of several zogos at the LNP national Headquarters on August 29, 2018, this the community members and youth groups believe is unfortunate.
“We believe the Police is here to protect lives and properties especially it’s our citizens but we see a totally different thing in this case, how did the guy leave the prison?”
Justice for Victor Campaign group leader Clarence Cole ponders during a protest at the legislature on September 6, 2018.
The Police announced a handsome reward of 1000USD for anyone who finds the alleged perpetrator Jalloh on from the Monrovia Central Prison.
The group along with little Victor’s Mother Zoe Sherman presented a petition to the legislature urging their intervention in bringing the perpetrator to justice.
Both Representatives Marvin Cole and Hanson Kiazolu of Bong and Montserrado Counties received the petition and invited the LNP IG for further questioning on the matter. To date, the Legislature is yet to make further clarity on the matter.
Following months of sustained advocacy by the groups and the late child’s mother, the group has opted to again plead with the government through the Ministry of Justice to ensure that the Police produce the living body of the alleged perpetrator in order to seek redress to the matter.
“That an autopsy is conducted on the remains of little Victor Fahnbulleh which is still in the Police’s possession so as to establish the cause of death, something that the police has shown no interest in”, the groups said in a statement issued in Monrovia recently.
“We cannot be living in our own country and have foreigners murdering our children who are our future leaders and walking out of the Police headquarters without being accounted for after being placed behind bars”, the group noted.
The release added that the Justice Minister should ensure the prosecution of all the police officers who allegedly aided in the alleged suspect’s escape,
“If the Ministry of Justice refuses to take actions, we shall stage a mass protest at the grounds of the President Office and reach out to international institutions to intervene”, the group warned.
Some residents of the Brewerville believe that if no action is taken against perpetrators of murders, the safety of community dwellers remain at stake.
In September 2018, Police Crime Report over a 5month period couple with the murder of little Victor Fahnbulleh brings to 5 the number of mysterious death in District #17, Montserrado County.