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Armed Attack On Socfin … Police Arrest 13

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Armed Attack On Socfin … Police Arrest 13

The Officer Commanding Sahn Malen Police Station in Pujehun district, Assistant Superintendent Theo Koroma has confirmed the arrest and detention of thirteen suspects following a fire and shooting incident at a plantation belonging to Socfin Agricultural Company.
ASP Koroma told the Global Times that, the suspects were helping them in their investigation into allegations that, the Plantation Manager at Socfin, Gordon Paterson was shot in the arm following a mob attack in the village of Bamba.
Police investigators told the Global Times that, the attack on two of the company’s expatriate staff “was unprovoked”.
Gordon Paterson and Tanguy Denis had gone to a plantation in Zone A to put out a mysterious fire that had been set to the plantation by some unknown arsonists in a village called Bamba. The incident took place on January 15, 2015.
It was as a result of trying to put out the inferno that the two Socfin staff got attacked by some unknown persons. Gunshots were heard and the company’s vehicle with registration number AJE 690 was pelted with messiles believed to be rock stones.
The Police boss in Sahn Malen told the Global Times that his men were determined to get to the bottom of this unprovoked attack. This is not the first time that the company’s personnel and property have come under such dastardly attack, according to Police sources.
A former PMDC Member of Parliament, Hon. Shaka Sama and five other people are currently standing trial in the Bo High Court for allegedly destroying property belonging to Socfin Agricultural Company.
The Public Relations Officer of Socfin, Mr. Easmon Moiguah described the action of the attackers on the company’s personnel and property as “callous and completely inhuman”.
Police investigations continue.

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