Barely 48 hours after warning citizens against posting false information of ritualistic killings on social media, Police in Liberia have arrested a stalwart of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), Jethro Saylah Kangar Harris, for allegedly spreading misinformation of ritualistic killing on Facebook.
Kangar had reportedly posted a picture of a young girl alongside a picture of an open corpse on an autopsy table.
He reportedly wrote:
I’m in tears tonight.
It’s so painful how the young people of Liberia are dying mysteriously…
This is the late Rolisa N. Gbeintor, an alumnae of the Len Millar High School…
She was murdered and parts of her body were extracted.
She had dreams… She had a great future ahead of her… but there she lies dead without understanding how…
According to reports, Karnga was arrested in Ganta, Nimba County while on a tour with the ANC’s standard bearer, Alexander B. Cummings.
When contacted for comments on the arrest, Mr. Mulbah Yorgbor, Director of Communications in the office of the standard bearer, confirmed and termed the arrest as “a return to the past where people were being arrested for expressing their rights.”
Mr. Yorgbor confirmed to journalists that indeed Rolisa N. Gbeintor who was a friend to Kangar died mysteriously and parts of her body were extracted.
“Just by posting her picture and other pictures to express his grief on social media should not be a crime for which heavily armed police will drive all the way from Monrovia to Ganta to arrest a young man,” Yorgbor said.
Yorgbor also said the ANC is baffled by the arrest since their stalwart didn’t directly accuse anyone in the post.
He stated, “The hierarchy of the ANC, Rep. Lawrence Yonquoi and others pleaded with the police allow them turn him over tomorrow (Saturday) at 8 am, but the police refused, claiming that they had instructions from above.”
This is the first arrest by the Police since its authority mandated the LNP Investigators to monitor various social media posts of misinformation about ritualistic killings in Liberia.
It can be recalled, authorities of the Liberia National Police, when appearing on State Radio on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, accused the opposition community of fueling ritualistic killings reports across the country, an allegation that was refuted by Liberia’s Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor, the same day.
A few weeks back, Finance and Development Planning Minister of Liberia, Samuel Tweah, also blamed the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) for spreading false information of ritualistic killings in Liberia, a situation Min. Tweah said has painted the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change led-government unattractive to the international community.