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Nimba Dev. Supt. Urges Youth To Eschew Violence
By S. Kannay Ziamo, LINA Nimba County Correspondent

GANTA, January 10 (LINA) – Nimba County Assistant Superintendent for Development, Dorr Cooper, has cautioned youth of the county against taking the law into their hands by engaging in acts of violence.

Cooper made the statement on a local radio talk show in Ganta on Monday in response to questions regarding the five Nimba youth convicts recently granted executive clemency by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf during the festive Christmas season for their involvement in vandalizing property of Arcelor Mittal in Yekepa, Nimba County in 2014.

“While it is true that the county regrets the situation of citizens being imprisoned, it is also wrong for citizens to engage in acts of violence, especially vandalizing property belonging to foreign companies and partners of the government, because it has the propensity to scare away investors,” Cooper stressed.

It can be recalled that President Sirleaf during the festive season granted executive clemency to five of the over 11 Nimbaians placed behind bars at the Grand Bassa Prison Center in Buchanan for their involvement in vandalizing the property of Arcelor Mittal mining company.

Those pardoned by the Liberian leader were among several of their kinsmen who were sentenced to more than five years imprisonment in 2014 after being charged and sent to court for “vandalism” by the Liberian Government.

The five prisoners who benefited from the President’s gesture are Owen Gbalah, Oretha Bokay, Peter Zuweh, Elaine Dokie and Jerome Zuweh.

Granting the clemency, President Sirleaf challenged those pardoned to serve as agents of change in their various communities and never to get involved in acts of violence so that they cannot face such punishment again.

She urged them to get involved with community services that will make them regain the trust and confidence of their family and community members.

Article 58 of the revised 1986 Liberian Constitution gives the President the right to remit any public forfeiture and penalties, suspend any fines and sentences, grant reprieves and pardons, and restore civil rights after conviction for all public offenses, except impeachment.

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