FLAA Seeks Peace in LofA County



The Federation of Lofa Associations in the Americas (FLAA) has learned with grave concern about the prevailing situation in the Zorzor District where it is alleged that a young lady, Ms. Sianneh Gayflor, was brutally murdered by her fiancé, Mr. Abu Kamara, due to extreme jealousy.  According to information gathered, the alleged murderer fled Liberia for an unknown destination.  There are conflicting reports of his whereabouts, but there are strong indications that he fled to the Republic of Guinea.  Due to the abrupt escape of the alleged murderer, Abu Kamara, tension has been brewing in the District where houses were burnt down by some disgruntle individuals within the Fisebu and Zorzor areas.  The Federation has been informed further that road blocks were erected on the Zorzor and Fisebu Highway to impede the free flow of motorists and pedestrians.  Series of arrests were made within the District and those arrested were taken to Voinjama, where they were briefly detained and released on bail pending court appearance. Uncorroborated news accounts indicate that those incarcerated were severely maltreated at the time of their arrest. The Federation is grateful for the intervention of some County officials and leadership to restore calm while the investigation is ongoing. 


In view of the above and given the more than fourteen years of civil crisis in Liberia, followed by an onslaught of the deadly Ebola disease that claimed the lives of thousands of our people, we are calling on the Government of the Republic of Liberia headed by Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to immediately investigate the cause of the murder and the destruction of properties in the Zorzor District, and bring a lasting solution to the situation.  We are also calling on our Lofa Legislative Caucus, the Superintendent, district commissioners, paramount and clan chiefs to work with the government in restoring peace to the District and County.  The Federation further wishes to request the Government of Liberia to do everything possible to apprehend and bring to justice the perpetrator of this heinous crime. As well, we are requesting that the Government’s investigation unravel the circumstances of the harsh treatment meted to our people in Fisebu and Zorzor during their arrest at the hands of the security forces, and those responsible be brought to justice.


To the citizens of Lofa County, particularly within the Zorzor and Fisebu areas, we are craving your indulgence in exercising restrain at this time to give the government an opportunity to conduct its investigation and subsequently release its findings for a peaceful resolution of the situation.  Please note that the people of Lofa County deserve peace, and going forward we want to make sure that all citizens co-exist in tranquility and fraternal love.


Respectfully Submitted


Richard B. Zayzay
FLAA National President

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