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Lofa Supt. Warns Against Trial By Ordeal
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Lofa Supt. Warns Against  Trial By Ordeal
By Korboi Gbelewala, LINA Lofa County Correspondent
 
VOINJAMA, June 7 (LINA) -Lofa County Superintendent George Dunor has warned traditional Chiefs of the county to refrain from allowing the practice of ‘trial by ordeal’ in their areas.
He said the practice, commonly referred to as ‘sassywood’ by Liberians, was illegal, and threatened that anyone caught engaged in such practice would be dealt with in accordance with the law.
According to the Liberia News Agency, Superintendent Dunor’s warning comes in the wake of a complaint from some local chiefs against one of their colleagues they said was still engaging in ‘sassywood’ activities in Lisco Town.
They said sectional Chief Zubah Torborgil recently carried out ‘sassywood’ activities in Lisco Town, Voinjama District during which dozens of citizens were tortured by a local traditional leader (Zoe) only identified as Tamba.
Superintendent Dunor then called on Lofians not to allow such practice to take place in any of their towns and villages, noting that the act is illegal and humiliating.
Chief Torborgil has, meanwhile, apologized to Superintendent Dunor and explained that he carried out the act because citizens of the town had earlier complained to him that several individuals in the town were involved in witchcraft activities.
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