By Matthew Jabby
Paramount Chief of Nogobabulum Chiefdom, Bonthe District, has earned himself a new accolade as ‘Mike Tyson’ after he allegedly led thugs to mercilessly beat Mr. John Williams, a chiefdom administrative clerk, to pulp.
Paramount Chief Jonathan Tucker reportedly spearheaded the cowardly attack on the chiefdom administrative clerk in Bonthe town. Mr. Williams told Concord Times that the traditional ruler tricked him to meet him along Pie Mary, adjacent the Bonthe Government Hospital at 10p.m. on 29th December 2013, where he and his hirelings attacked and him and left him with a swollen eye.
Apparently, the paramount chief was not satisfied with Tucker’s attitude to work, after the former accused him of abandoning the chiefdom and causing unnecessary delays in the payment of chiefdom workers.
But the incident may not be unconnected with alleged frosty relationship between the paramount chief and Assistance District Officer (ADO), Saffa Kanneh.
And Williams was made to pay heavily for his perceived loyalty to the ADO instead of the traditional chieftain, who is just a ceremonial head of the chiefdom.
Williams said the chief’s two siblings, Solomon and Sunny Tucker, also participated in the attack. “They pounced on me and beat me without compassion, while the chief aimed kicks at my face,” he narrated his ordeal.
Residents of the chiefdom who witnessed the brutal attack have confirmed the incident. They alleged that the chief was in the habit of employing physical attacks to cow his subjects, much to the consternation of residents of the chiefdom.
Residents who spoke to this reporter further said the human right record of the chief was nothing to write home about, while his governance style is unorthodox, evident by the fact that he whimsically dethrones sub-chiefs.
Meanwhile, Ibrahim Brainard, police officer at the Bonthe police station, is investigating the alleged incident.
Chief Tucker could not be reached for his comments despite repeated efforts.