Buchanan: For Mob Violence & Arson; Police Sent to Court four Persons


Four rank leaders  in a recent mob violent crisis between a motorcyclist and some  street gangsters have been arrested and sent to the Buchanan Magisterial Circuit Court by the Liberia National Police .

During the incident, the men Police believed led the crisis which vandalize properties in New Buchanan Community as they revenge for their colleague a motorcycle rider who was allegedly stabbed by an alleged notorious criminal identified as Seth Koosono alias “Triple 2”.

According to the County LNP/CSD commander, James Papa Yekeku, the incident occurred on Friday July 2, 2021 when suspect “Triple 2” allegedly stabbed a motorcycle rider Trokon Neor which provoked angry Motorcyclists.

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James Papa Yekeku

He said the Motorcyclists were seen on motorbikes from one point to another for more than 6hrs in search of “Triple 2” because according to them he “Triple 2” is in the constant habit of harming peaceful citizens in order to take away their belongings.

But, after their search of “Triple 2” failed they have no other choice but to allegedly set ablaze the home of his parents.

Grand Bassa LNP/ Crime Service Division commander discloses that the four suspects were arrested in different locations after LNP received information from reliable sources.

Those forwarded to court on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 were defendants Victor Joe alias “Fat Joe” age 31, and Obey Peters age 21. The alleged notorious criminals who were also sent to court were Seth Koosono alias “Triple 2” age 22 and Relia Knuckles alias “Shadow” age 24.

According to Police charge sheet, defendants Victor R. Joe  and Obey Peters were arrested, investigated and charged with the crimes of “Arson section 15.1”, Criminal Mischief and criminal attempt to commit murder section 10.2, and 25.5 of the new penal laws.

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Defendants Victor R. Joe  and Obey Peters

Also, the Police charged Seth Koosono and Relia Knuckles with the crimes of aggravated assault and criminal attempt to commit murder which they said is in violation of section 10.1 and 14.20 of the new penal laws of Liberia.

Defendants Victor Joe and Obey Peters were charged because of their involvement into intentionally moving on the premises of a 38 years old complainant, Anthony Koosono , and burned down his three bedrooms house value $11,500USD attached with a provision shop worth $560USD, a burned car “Mazda 626” cost $4,500USD including his physical cash in the tone of $16,000USD and $250,000 LRD respectively.

Other are: the national Fire service truck that went on the scene to quench the fire damaged windshield cost $2,550USD.

But defendants Joe and Peters have denied all the allegations levied against them by Mr. Anthony Koosono Father of Triple 2, stating that they have no knowledge about burning down his house, car among others.

While defendants Seth Koosono popular known as “Triple 2” and Relia Knuckles known as” shadow” were charged because they knowingly took substantial step by using a deadly weapon (knife) with the attempt to kill the motorcycle rider Trokon Neor age 23, which resulted to him sustaining several bodily injuries in the eye and behind the leg but the accused denied the allegation of using sharp object to stab the motorcycle rider Trokon  Neor.

He mentioned that he used his punched to wound the victim.

The Liberia National Police (LNP) recently warned alleged motorbike thieves taking away innocent citizens’ motorbikes and money under dubious means to desist from such acts or face the full weight of the law.

 Police Spokesman Moses Carter in recent times explains that from time to time some of the hijackers pretend as though they are passengers, get on the bike and direct the bike operator to wherever they are going and once they arrive, the operator is threatened with deadly weapons and the bike is taken away and sometimes goes with impunity.

The four persons arrested and charged were transferred on Tuesday to the central prison in upper Buchanan pending court trial while others suspects linked to the burning of the properties are still on the run.


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