By Arthur Ben Tucker
Thugs, loyal to the governing All People’s Congress have brutally stabbed a supporter of the Alliance Democratic Party (ADP), Abdul T. Fofana, ahead of the Local Council Bye-Election in the Western Rural District-Ward 337, Waterloo.
The victim cries out for justice as the Police is yet to make arrest.
At his Mission Street residence, Waterloo, Fofana writhes in pain as he narrate the story of how he had been stabbed in the face by ‘APC hoodlum’ allegedly hired by the APC Member of Parliament, Honourable Kemoko.
The pain he is going through is not only from the one APC had inflicted on him, but also the failure of the Police to arrest his attackers.
He said he was beaten to a stupor in place of the ADP candidate, Mohamed Alhaji Marah.
Narrating the ugly incident, Mr. Marah said: “On Sunday, October 2, 2016, at about 2am, the hoodlums arrived at my family house with a vehicle being armed with offensive weapons like; cutlasses, knives, broken bottles and vandalized the home, wounded my people and damaged property worthy millions of Leones. They actually came to kill me this morning.”
He said since he wasn’t around, they went on looking for him within the area, during which, neighbors started shouting and Fofana, the victim, came out of his room and was captured by the thugs, mobbed and stabbed on the face- the left jaw to be precise.
“Although, he resisted, but he was alone. By this time, they realized it wasn’t me, they fled the compound to unknown destination,” he explained.
I was told that neighbours had thought Abdul had died, but it was at the Waterloo Hospital where he was quickly rushed to by his neighbor and it was discovered he was still alive.
“Based on the report I have, the attackers are thugs loyal to Honourable Kemoko and Osman Perry, the APC candidate, because they were led by Kemoko Conteh,” Marah alleged. But the MP was yet to react at press time.
The Waterloo Divisional Police Officers, say they had obtained statement from the victim and had dispatched men to search for the culprits.
I reliably gathered that one of the criminals later called their boss with an unknown number informing him how they carried out the nefarious act. It was further learnt that all the suspects still communicates with other people, using a visible number this time.
Hawanatu Kanu, ADP supporter, said the police is not doing enough to locate and arrest the culprits, given that Waterloo is a small community.
“They attempted murder and disfiguration of the face of Abdul, till date, no arrest has been made even though communication has been going on between the suspects and their bosses,” she stated, insisting “the police should go the extra mile to get them because they had told their paymasters that they are in Waterloo.”
Sadly, Abdul would need to go through several medical treatment to regain some of his vitality. However, he had been given some stitches on the jaw.
It should be remembered that ADP had come under several attacks by supporters of the ruling APC. In Lunsar, ADP office and supporters were attacked in July this year as a means of creating fear in the minds of their voters. Even though, the incident was reported to the police with culprits identified, nothing was done.