8 July 2013

Liberia: CDC Sabu Unit Rains Terror

Thugs of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change commonly referred to as the Sabu Unit have gone on the rampage here, burning down private properties, including two shops near the CDC Headquarters in Oldest Congo Town, leaving at least five persons seriously wounded. One of the Victims of the Small Town Community in Congo Town.

The attack was characterized by throwing of petrol bombs and stones, and all out fist-fight between residents of Small Town, a shanty community behind the party headquarters and fishermen on the Bernard Beach on one hand, and the CDC's Sabu Unit on the other.

The battle, which erupted on Friday, July 5, 2013, lasted for several hours before the Emergency Response Unit of the Liberia National Police arrived on the scene and brought the situation under control.

It took the ERU nearly an hour to halt the complete vandalism that ensued at the CDC headquarters and the Bernard Beach community. The police have reportedly made no arrest up to press time.

However, an eyewitness Madam Kulah Wleh, who is a resident of Small Town, narrated that the incident is the aftermath of persistent harassment and intimidation of community residents by members of the infamous Sabu Unit.

"They take our phones and money in the night hours. In fact, my brother, this place is another country in the night. So our boys too decided that such ugly act must come to an end. Based on that, they (residents) attacked them by burning down shops because they were using the shops as their residence. They also sell marijuana and alcohols, and other deadly drugs", she explained.

The Sabu Unit reportedly under the leadership of CDC Youth Wing Chairman Jefferson Kojii allegedly robbed fishermen of their fishes and threatened to kill anyone who will report the matter to the police.

Also speaking to this paper, one of the victims Omega Williams, who claimed to be a security officer assigned at the CDC Headquarters, narrated that both Vice Chairman Mulbah Morlu and Secretary General Nathaniel McGill on several occasions, had tried to intervene in the matter to bring peace between the Small Town residents and the Sabu Unit, but the unit flagrantly refused and threatened to unleash more terror on the community.

The infamous Sabu Unit came to limelight in 2012 during the CDC convention in Tubmanburg, Bomi County when they ruthlessly beat up Mr. Orishild Gould and other candidates opposed to the party's current Chair George Soro and others said to have been singlehandedly selected by George Weah. However, CDC Secretary General McGill denied that the arson attack was carried out by members of the Sabu Unit. Instead, he blamed those he called people from the ruling Unity Party for the attack.

According to him, the chairman of the Small Town Community, said to be a strong partisan of the governing Unity Party threatened to burn down the CDC headquarters. When CDC Youth Wing Chair Kojii was contacted on the attack, he declined to comment on grounds that The NewDawn is anti-CDC.

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