For allegedly vandalizing mining company MNG facility, Police in Bong County have arrested over fifty- two persons including men and women.
Speaking to Journalists in Gbarnga after a tour, Kokoyah District Commander Fredrick Neppay said the suspects arrested are not yet being formally charged, but some of them are helping with an ongoing investigation.
The Bong County Police Chief said the arrests from the Gold Camp and Sayeweh Town does not in any way suggest that they are responsible for vandalizing the company’s facilities.
He told The Monrovia Times that those who are not linked with the violence inflicted on the company’s facilities will be allowed to go home, noting that those who will be connected to the destruction of the company’s properties will be charged and sent to court for prosecution.
Commander Nappay did not state the extent of the damage done to the MNG-Gold’s facilities but maintained that several valuables, including some gold, were looted, some of which have been retrieved by police following a vigorous search.
The Bong county police Commander has clarified that police who are currently searching for stolen MNG Gold properties are not forcibly entering into people houses as being reported by some citizens in the county.
Commander Neppay told this paper that the police are only searching for the stolen properties at the outskirt of the nearby towns where they believe many of the items are hidden.
He wants those spreading the rumor to desist from such, maintaining that what they are doing is absolutely non-political and should not be politicized.
The Police described those making the claim as liars who want to obstruct the work of the LNP.
There has been a huge outcry from citizens of Saye-weh Town and David Dean’s Town as well as surrounding towns and villages that police who are searching for MNG Gold’s properties are forcibly making their way into their homes and taking their personal belongings.
It started in Saye-weh Town around 4 P.M. on Monday, November 5, when a vehicle belonging to a subcontracted Chinese company hired by the Turkish Mining Company (MNG-Gold) allegedly killed four persons.
The driver of the company’s vehicle reportedly escaped the scene for fear of being killed by angry mob that allegedly set the Toyota land cruiser four-door pickup ablaze.
Citizens of the District vandalized the company facilities and looted several valuables, including explosives intended for blasting rocks at the Company