3 SSGI officers in detention, 1 vehicle burnt
By Matthew Jabby
In an apparent backlash following the death of a security officer employed by Security Support Group International (SSGI), a group of rioters in Moriba town, Impere chiefdom, Bonthe district last weekend went on the rampage, completely burning down a stationary vehicle.
According to eyewitnesses, the private security, Swalihun Kallon, was killed while deployed at an area which had overflowed with water. He was apparently murdered but his killers have not yet been identified or arrested, although two of his former colleagues are in police detention as suspects.
The riot, according to Moriba town residents, was triggered by the frustration of youths in the town over the slow pace of the investigation and the fact that previous killings had occurred without police bringing anyone to book. They blamed the police for not doing enough to investigate the incident.
However, Local Unit Commander at the Moriba town police station, Superintendent Alimamy Sesay, said he deployed a search team after police were informed that the man had gone missing. He said the search couldn’t locate the man until the following day, but his vital organs were missing.
Superintendent Sesay confirmed that three SSGI officers – Momoh Ensa, Saidu Sheriff and Gabriel Nyuma – have been arrested in connection with the murder and are still in custody. He said the remains of the victim were conveyed to the Bo government hospital for an autopsy.
SSGI boss, Henry Bayor, refused to comment on the incident when this reporter contacted him. Meanwhile, the management of Bauxite mining company, Sierra Rutile Limited, whose facility the deceased was guarding before he met his tragic death, are yet to issue an official statement.