MIA Condemns Forceful Initiation In Bomi county

Internal Affairs Minister Hon. Morris M. Dukuly, Sr.
Internal Affairs Minister Hon. Morris M. Dukuly, Sr.
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The Ministry of Internal Affairs said its attention has been drawn to a pattern of the use of culture and tradition that violates the rights and freedom of citizens.

The Ministry describes such acts as abuse of the Liberian culture, which will not be condoned.

Specific reference is made to a case on Thursday, April 9, 2015 in Bomi County when a boy identified as Abu Sherif was reportedly forcefully taken away along the Coleman Hill-Beajah road in Senji District, near the cultural village of Buala by men believed to belong to a traditional group.

Reports provided to the Ministry state that another group of men also violently broke into the home another resident named Mambu Freeman in an area called Kissi Camp in Bomi County and took him away to an unknown destination.

The Ministry frowns on such act, noting that invading privacy is a criminal act punishable by law.

A release said the actions are violations of General Circulars #12 & 13 issued by the Ministry which warned against forceful initiations, as well as the recent suspension of all Poro and Sande activities in Liberia.

The Ministry has meanwhile issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the violators to produce the two persons.

The Ministry said it would take appropriate cultural actions against the would-be perpetrators. The release concluded.