Back to Barbarism
Cannibalism has raised its ugly head again; cannibals have reverted to their barbaric activities; they have murdered and cannibalized the corpse of an elderly woman, Jeneba Lansana, in Jong Chiefdom, Bonthe District and, in Small Chiefdom, Kenema District, they have kidnapped another elderly woman who has not been seen. Cannibalism is not a new crime in this republic.
During the regime of ex-president Siaka Stevens, cannibals went on the rampage but the no-nonsense President Stevens dealt severely with them as many ended up spending the rest of their lives in the Pademba Maximum Prison. After being drastically repressed by Siaka Stevens, the cannibals recoiled into their cocoons until during the rebel war when they capitalized on the then prevailing hullabaloo to return to their brutalities. After the war, they were dormant all these years till recently when they have started becoming active once more.
The resurgence of the cannibals is a worrying development and is a direct challenge to state security apart from being a test to President Koroma’s vigilance and capacity to secure his people, being the head of national security. The President must not take the ugly development with a pinch of salt; he must act fast, firm and drastic to nip it in the bud as President Stevens did.
I am imploring President Koroma to use his good and noble office to ensure that the case of the murdered Jeneba Lansana in Bonthe and that of the lost woman in Kenema District are thoroughly investigated and culprits brought to book, otherwise, more cannibals will be emboldened and our security will be in jeopardy. Cannibalism is too primitive and savage to exist in any modern society; it is barbarism to the highest degree and must not be given an iota of tolerance. Government must declare zero tolerance on cannibalism.
By Joseph Milton Lebbie
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