Police at the Kenema police division are currently investigating the Paramount Chief of Tunkia chiefdom in the Kenema district together with some other people leading to the discovery of short guns in his chiefdom.
Tunkia chiefdom is one of the seven Gola family chiefdoms in the East and South of the country, where the Gola forest programme is operating by protecting the Gola Forest against hunting, mining, logging and farming.
Speaking to Awoko at the Kenema police division, the police Media Director East, 10322 Kamara B.J.P. explained that on Thursday 8th January 2009 one local hunter Keifala Mansaray a native of Gorahun Tunkia was arrested at Fatoi village in the Tunkia chiefdom when he accidentally shot one Senesie Sannoh a local of Bongoma village on his head.
He said both victim and suspect were local hunters who usually team up and go on a hunting spree adding that at about 8pm on Thursday the two hunters converged at a farm hut in preparation of their hunting exercise, while they were checking their weapons in preparation for their usual game, Keifala Mansaray who was carrying an automatic Grainer type shot gun and was seated next to Senesie Sannoh decided to check if his gun mechanism is in good working order.
In the interim the weapon accidentally went off and caught Senesie Sannoh who was also busy setting up his Steve type shot gun.
His left ear was chopped off while Keifala Mansaray dropped his gun in panic and rushed to Gorahun Tunkia town where he reported that he had killed his colleague in the farm.
The Chief then informed the police post at Gegbewema who then informed the Regional police Commander east.
A team of investigators including the scene of crime officer (SOCO) and 10190 Kposowa Anslem of police media unit Kenema visited the scene.
Meanwhile, the victim is presently responding to medical treatment at the government hospital while the suspect and four others including the town Chief of Fatoi and the Paramount Chief of Tunkia chiefdom are helping the police with the investigation.