Police Confirm Arresting 11 Persons for Election Violence

MONROVIA, Montserrado – The Liberia National Police says it arrested 11 persons linked to the Tuesday, August 13 elections violence at the National Elections Commission’s headquarters.

A police press statement dated Wednesday, August 14 said the violence broke out between supporters of Telia Urey of the All Liberian Party and Abu Kamara of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change.

Those arrested were named as James Wleh, Trokon Griggs, S. Bwea Howe, Rufus N. Doe, Garret S. James, Mohammed L. Lavalee, Eric Davies, Winifred Brown, Momo Kiadii, and Ansu Farkollie S. Kromah.

On Tuesday, August 13, supporters of both candidates gathered at NEC’s headquarters on 9th Street in the wake of final arguments into Montserrado’s 15th district election dispute.

“The eleven persons are in police custody undergoing investigation,” the police statement said, noting that the violence broke out between both candidates as a result of stone-throwing.

The windshield of a vehicle belonging to the Unity Party was damaged and “a 43-year-old female identified as Vivian Badio of the Logan Town community also sustained an injury,” the statement noted.

“Trokon Griggs and James Wleh, supporters of the CDC, were arrested in connection to the damaging of the UP vehicle.”

The police also said it confiscated a vehicle driven by an unnamed supporter of Urey, as it was loaded with stones and a kitchen knife.

The suspects are said to be undergoing investigation and will be forwarded to court for prosecution.

Featured photo by Alvin Worzi

Zeze Ballah

Zeze made his journalism debut as a high school reporter at the LAMCO Area School System. In 2016 and 2017, the Press Union of Liberia awarded Zeze with the Photojournalist of the Year award. Zeze was also the union's 2017 Health Reporter of the Year. He is a Health Journalism Fellow with Internews.

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