Nationwide police accusation linking Kori Chiefdom in the Moyamba District with the recently discovered vast farm land of marijuana cultivation has roundly been dismissed by P C Bobor Gbappi saying it is unfounded, calculated to smear law-abiding natives of the chiefdom.
The Paramount Chief’s dismissal of events is as a result of repeated arguments ranging between police authorities and the sitting Member of Parliament, Hon. Jolly Boy Lavali who has since accused the police of having engaged in looting spree and unwarranted harassment of villagers living outside the scene of the alleged crime.
PC Bobor Gbappi said the natives of Kori Chiefdom are rice farmers and have nothing to do with marijuana cultivation as alleged by the police. The chief in turn challenged all to take a neutral body to the area under review.
He also said the marijuana farm in question is in Matiton Village, Yonni Chiefdom, Tonkolili District in the Northern Province and not in the Southern Province as per police accusation.
Chief Gbappi further warned the police against such unilateral operations without any knowledge of the local chiefs.
He also accused the police of harassment of peaceful farmers whose only crime is for sharing border with the people of Matiton Village where the 4-mile cannabis farm was discovered.
Earlier in his response, Hon. Jolly Boy Lavali accused the police of having alledgedly looted innocent villagers while others came under unwarranted arrests and other forms of police brutality.
The Police Media Boss, ASP Samura and the Regional Commissioner, South, David Sesay, who visited the area accused natives of Kori Chiefdom and not Yonni Chiefdom where the marijuana farm in question was discovered. They also dismissed the accusation that the police were engaged in any looting spree except that villagers in Vaama in the Kori Chiefdom which shares borders with Matiton Village in Yonni Chiefdom have complained of having lost various items including goats and other valuables which the people of Vaama said were carted away by the rampaging police.