Liberia: Paramount Chief Accuses Chief Zoe of Bewitching Him

The Paramount Chief of Boe and Quillah Administrative District, Franklin Toweh who is suffering from blindness, has accused the head of Traditional Chiefs and Elders of Nimba, Peter Barlon, of bewitching him.

Chief Toweh, who spoke from an unknown location in the sick bush, said the entire problem started in 2015 when a little girl went missing in the Gbar Chiefdom. According to him, Elder Peter Barloun and one Melvin Gbadia Duo went to the scene and began collecting money and livestock from the citizens of the town where the incident occurred.

Chief Toweh said as the head of the Paramount Chief Council of Nimba, he moved to the town with a team of herbalists, where they were able to locate the body of the little girl after she went missing almost for a month.

He explained that carrying herbalists to find the corpse was seen as a challenge to Elder Barloun and Gbadia Duo because it obstructed the two men from taking money from the people.

Chief Toweh said it was based on this that they bewitched him, making him blind and going from place to place in search of medication.

Elder Peter Barlon, head of the Traditional Chiefs and Elders Council in Nimba

At first, Chief Toweh said, he tried to remain mute on the issue and appeal to Elder Barloun to withdraw the blindness because, traditionally, it is believed that the same person(s) who bewitched another person can also have the means to withdraw the spell. However, Toweh said he finally came to realize that his appeals were futile.

"I have gone all over Liberia and as far as Nigeria to see T. B. Joshua, but to no avail," Chief Toweh said.

Chief Toweh is one person who has criticized Chief Zanzan Karwor for holding onto power and has registered his intent of contending the top position of the Traditional Chiefs and Elders Council of Liberia.

Chief Toweh and Elder Barloun have always been at loggerheads over the leadership of the Traditional Council in Nimba, and Toweh has also accused Barloun of siding with Chief Zanzan Karwor in the matter relating to the Chiefs and Traditional Council election that is yet to be held.

However, when contacted via mobile phone, the accused Elder Peter Barloun said Chief Toweh, having lost one of his senses, was speaking out of trauma and frustration.

Elder Barloun said it sounds naive for the Paramount Chief to take so much time to come out with an accusation when he knew the doer of the act.

Melvin Gbadia Duo is currently charged for allegedly raping a girl (not the same as the one who went missing) and he currently in jail in Sanniquellie, awaiting trial. Getting to him was therefore impossible.

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