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 ‘Gangs’ vandalise ADP office 

May 5, 2016 By Patrick Jaiah Kamara

A group of hoodlums allegedly attacked and vandalised the Alliance Democratic Party (ADP) office on No.13 Rawdon Street in Freetown, yesterday, damaging property, according to eye witness account.

According to an eye witness, the ‘bloody gang’ was allegedly led by David Gbla, erstwhile Secretary General of the ADP, who was expelled from the party on 2 October, 2015. The mob allegedly inflicted serious injuries on three ADP members and carted away goods belonging to traders.

Mabinty Koroma, a trader that sells along Rawdon Street, told Concord Times that her goods were stolen by the mob before she hurriedly packed for the day.

“I don’t know where they came from. I just saw hundreds of youth chanting ‘no David Gbla…no convention’. No sooner I started parking my goods than the angry youths started pelting stones and stick at the ADP office. Some of them used the opportunity to steal some of my goods,” she alleged.

Ms. Koroma further told our reporter that the Operational Support Division (OSD) officer that was manning the gate at the nearby Ecobank, could not rescue the situation, although he fired four warning shots to scare away the yobs.

Chairman and Leader of ADP, Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray told Concord Times that the attack was a surprise one to him as David Gbla came to the office on Tuesday (3 May 3) to ‘renew’ his party card because the card.

He described the attack was premeditated because Gbla went to his office with a group of journalists, who also witnessed the fracas.

He noted however that the ugly development would not stop the convention that is schedule for tomorrow (6 May 2016)

Meanwhile, Mr. Mansaray has made statement to the police, while the three men injured during the fracas have been admitted to an unnamed hospital.

No arrest has been made as at press time, although police visited the scene and took photographs.

When contacted, David Gbla denied allegation of vandalising the ADP party office. He told Concord Times in a telephone interview last night that he was still the Acting Secretary General of the party, adding that the Chairman and Leader cannot question his membership.

He explained that he went to the party office on Tuesday (3 May) to validate and his membership card and pay his dues, to enable him contest for the position of Chairman and Leader. He alleged that because Mr. Mansaray regard him as a threat, he instructed his boys to manhandle him, in the process losing his wrist watch, chain and mobile phone.

He told this reporter that he went to the ADP office again yesterday with his supporters to pay his nomination fees when Mr. Mansaray’s supporters started pelting stones at them.

“I am one of the founding members of the APD. How can I mobilise a group [of hoodlums] to destroy a party that I have spent a lot of resources [on]? That allegation is baseless and unfounded. It is a political acrimony, when two groups get confrontation what do you expect?,” he asked rhetorically.

Gbla said he had petitioned the convention and written letters to the PPRC and copied the Office of National Security, Ministry of Political and Public Affairs, to stop Mr. Mansaray from removing him from the party, “illegally.”

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