By King Brown (Correspondent)
Grand Bassa County – Police in Grand Bassa County have arrested and placed behind bars a 55-year-old employee of ArcelorMittal identified as Emmanuel K. Ballah for allegedly raping his 13 years old play daughter in the concession yard of ArcelorMittal.
According to the victim’s mother (name withheld), the alleged act reportedly occurred about a week ago after, Mr. Ballah allegedly forced her daughter to have sexual intercourse with her after she had gone to received bread from him at his house. The victim was later rushed to a local health center, where it was confirmed that she had been penetrated.
“Mr. Ballah called my daughter to his house for bread and while awaiting the bread, he told her to sit in his chair and later brought the bread, but while going back home he held her hands and pushed her on his bed and raped her,” the victim’s mother narrated.
She added: “The little girl told me that she was shouting and crying, but he managed to increase the volume of the music he was playing at a high level so that nobody could hear her screaming.”
She narrated that Mr. Ballah admitted to committing the act, but wanted it to be compromised, something she refused.
She explained that Mr. Ballah is a closed neighbor that her daughter and the rest of the kids who live in the concession yard of the company consider as their father. The alleged perpetrator is said to be living alone after his wife travelled to the United States of America.
The alleged perpetrator is currently behind bars at the headquarters of the Liberia National Police in Buchanan awaiting court trial.
Meanwhile, ArcelorMittal has issued a release condemning the act.
“ArcelorMittal Liberia operates under the highest standards of business ethics and governance. These standards are essential to every aspect of our company and all employees and contractors MUST comply.
What has happened is tragic and completely unacceptable. We are devastated by this news and strongly condemn such act anywhere within ArcelorMittal Liberia concession and beyond. We are providing support and care to the victim and the family.
The management of ArcelorMittal Liberia has taken administrative action against the suspect and turned him over to the Liberian National Police for further investigation and appropriate legal action.
The company doesn’t tolerate violence and is committed to a work environment free of any form of harassment, exploitation, abuse or violence as defined by the laws of Liberia. This is also stated in our human rights policy that we adhere to. Any form of harassment, abuse or violence will never be accepted.”
A review of statistics from the Bureau of Corrections at the Ministry of Justice for the months of January to June 2020 shows that more than 600 cases of aggravated assault, sodomy, sodomy with criminal intent and rape were reported and are currently being investigated.