After being beaten recently by irate youths, Station Manager of the Voice of the Peninsular Mountain aka ‘Tombo Radio’, Sallu Koroma has revealed that it was the Village Head and the Councilor that ordered the closing down of the Radio Station.
Ironically, when members of the Independent Media Commission (IMC) and Independent Radio Network (IRN) went to access the damage caused by the enraged youths, the keys to the station were missing; as neither the Station Manager nor the Police could figure out as to who closed the Station and the whereabouts of the keys.
There has been conflicting reasons as to why the Station Manager was manhandled; as rumors have it that it was as a result of misappropriation of funds, while other sources within the Community disclosed that the Manager fired workers at his wimps and caprices. However, according to Sallu the assault he claimed was a conspiracy by an ex-Chairman of the Radio Station’s Board.
Workers at ‘Tombo Radio’ explained that the Station was airing programs that has not gone down well with certain members of the community and that might have ignited the attack.
Giving a graphic description as to how the incident occurred, Sallu explained that on Saturday while the Station was on air a group of enraged youths stormed the Station and pounced on him like a cat would do for a rat.
He said he was however able to call the Police who rescued him and arrested five of the assailants; but disappointingly, he said, “after the assailants were taken to Waterloo, they were released the following day.”
Village Head, Ibrahim Sesay explained that together with Councilor Samuel Billy, they had ordered that the Station be shut down as a means of settling the heated fracas between the Station Manager and the youths.