Inmates Escaped During Voinjama Violence, But Police Make Some Arrests – A little over six dozen inmates escaped from prison during the February 26th Voinjama violence.
Inspector-General Marc Ambla, the head of Liberia National Police (LNP), said 73 inmates who were detained at the Voinjama Central Prison for various criminal offenses escaped during the violence. He was however quick to point out that 52 of the inmates have been re-arrested by the LNP and placed back into their detention cells.
Of the escapees, Inspector General Ambla said one person who was convicted of rape has been re-arrested and further assured the public not to panic as the police were doing everything possible to have the remaining escapees apprehended.
“Voinjama City is calm as the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) of the Liberia National Police (LNP) along with other security forces continues their patrols to restore hope to the citizens and residents of Lofa County,” Inspector Ambla further told reporters.
At the same time, the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) has revealed that it has launched a vigorous search deep into neighboring Guinea for perpetrators of the February 26th violence. Guinea borders Liberia to the north and is just a few kilometers away from the provincial capital of Voinjama where the disturbance was massive and chaotic after spilling over from Konia and Zorzor.
Life is said to be gradually returning to normalcy in the crisis area, particular Voinjama, as the county officials adjusted the curfew that was imposed in the area.
Violence erupted in Liberia’s northern county of Lofa after a Christian student named Korpu Kamara, who had gone missing for a few days, was found later dead with a bullet wound. This was subsequently followed by a students’ protest, which turned violent. The protest was characterized by tribal sentiments in which bloody ethnic clashes between Mandigoes and Lormas ensued, leaving four persons dead and 21 others wounded.
A group calling itself the “Concerned Youth of Ganta for Reconstruction and Development” condemned the recent destruction of life and property in Lofa County.