So-called rebels beat boy, 16, urges him to name rich men in the area

Thursday, January 18, 2018

A 16-year-old boy of Nana Sima village in Central River Region’s Naimina District is alleged to have been held hostage by so-called rebels in bushes between Nana and Choya village in CRR. He was beaten and urged to name rich men in his area, The Point can authoritatively report.

Although the natives in the areas of CRR refer the perpetrators as ‘rebels’; however, it’s not clear whether they are armed robbers or rebels.  

Musa Sowe is alleged to have been taken at around 4 p.m. when he went to the outskirts of their village for an errand. The allegation indicated that the teenager was seriously beaten by the so-called rebels and sustained series of injuries on his body.

Samba Sowe, the father of the boy who spoke to this reporter said his son was arrested by two men at the outskirts of the village who took him inside the bush where he met other five people standing with guns, cutlasses and a motorbike. “He was beaten seriously as the rebels asked him to name rich people within the area,” he said.

Mr. Sowe said when his son refused to give them names, they continued beating, kicking and slapping him. “He was released at around 8 p.m. and arrived home crying bitterly. The so-called rebels also asked him to give them my contact numbers and that of his mother but he still refused their demand,” he noted.

He said the teenager was taken to Jarreng hospital for treatment. “Until yesterday, my son has been complaining of general bodily pain and I had to go to the pharmacy to buy some medicine for him.”

He called on the authorities to help in addressing the threat, saying it was causing panic in the area. “Now, we cannot even go to the bush to collect firewood to cook for fear of being taken away by rebels. Our herders are also afraid to take our cattle for grazing in the bush.”

Author: Momodou Jawo