Nimba County: Police Arrest Four Suspects Link To Warehouse Burning In Ganta


Police in Ganta have arrested, charged, and sent to court four persons alleged of being in connection to the recent arson attack in the City.

According to Police charge sheet, the accused perpetuators were arrested following Tuesday, April 20 malicious burning of a famous warehouse stored with several valuable goods.

Those arrested and sent to the Sanniquellie Central Prison on Monday, April 26, 2021, include Dutee Donzo 58-year-old, Fanta Donzo, Mariam Fofana [respective wife and sister of Dutee] and Dauda Jabateh of age 32.

The suspects were charged with multiple crimes including criminal conspiracy, terroristic threats, criminal facilitation and arson attack.

They are currently deposited behind bar at the Sanniquellie Central Prison serving pre-trial detention as they await Court trial. Sources told Police that the four suspects are the main people behind the burning of the of the Oil Deport Warehouse [a renowned storehouse in Ganta] that brought the City on a stand still.

Citizens of Ganta woke up to the burning of a Oil Deport Warehouse on the early morning of Tuesday, April 20, 2021.

On the 21st of April 2021, defendants Dutee Donzo, Dauda Jabateh, Fanta Donzo and Mariam Fofana were arrested and informed of their Miranda rights, investigated and dully charged with the crimes as labeled above.

Following the burning of the warehouse, Morgan Kerdiah, operator of the facility reported to the Police CSD office and explained that on Tuesday the 20th of April 2021 at 9:30 AM while at Sokopa, where Nimba and Bong Counties are bordered, he got a phone call from Annie Tokpah, Nelson Sendolo, Mark Blay and Koo Gorseah, that his Ware house located at the Dumba Field was being set ablaze by unknown individuals.

Upon receipt of the information, he [Kerhdiah] immediately returned to Ganta and saw his Ware House been burned down completely along with all the goods stored in it.

According to the warehouse operator, goods that got damaged in the warehouse during the last Tuesday’s incidence include 25 sockets of used clothes, 100 containers of palm oil, 50 containers of Cain Juice, one used truck engine, two new power saws, one new motor bike engine, seven cartoons of Cigarette, 50 bags of gari, 40 containers of vegetable oil, 114 pieces of Hand Saw, and other assorted goods.

He put the value of the goods destroyed in the Ware House at ten million, four hundred and seventy-five thousands Liberian Dollars [LD$ 10,475,000.00], while the value of the burned Ware House is put at five thousand US Dollars [USD $5000.00].

The burning of the Ware House followed the April 19, 2021 controversial eviction ordered by the 8th Judicial Circuit Court over a disputed land in Ganta between the Donzos and Jabatehs on one hand and Pastor Fred Suah Johnson on the other hand.


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