Reports monitored from the Port Loko District have it that the Gbinti residence of the Chief Whip in Parliament, Hon. Ibrahim Bundu, was yesterday attacked by hooligans led by six of the candidates aspiring for the Dibiya Chiefdom Paramount Chieftaincy, on allegations that Hon. Bundu was supporting one of the aspirants called Sheik Dauda Kamara. Meanwhile, scores of residents have described the attackers as "common cowards" who have decided to resort to violence instead of going through the democratic process. "If these candidates truly believe in their popularity, why are they attacking people? Or are they trying to make us believe that they are jittery over the fame of Sheik Dauda Kamara?" a resident of Gbinti called Madam Yealie Conteh told the Awareness Times yesterday.
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Hon. Ibrahim Bundu, who happened to be one of the Tribal Authorities, yesterday told the Awareness Times that he narrowly escaped with his mother from two consecutive attacks that were launched on his residence in Gbinti.
"As I speak with you, my residence is badly damaged," Hon. Bundu told the Awareness Times.
The assertions of the Honourable were also confirmed by the Local Unit Commander (LUC) of the Port Loko District, Superintendent Senesie.
The Police Boss disclosed that his men had to fire several teargas canisters yesterday in Gbinti, the headquarter town of Dibiya Chiefdom, Port Loko District, in order to disperse rampaging supporters during the Declaration of Rights for the Paramount Chieftaincy Election.
The declaration of rights was, as a result of this violence, cancelled indefinitely.
As at time of going to press last evening, the situation was still tense; a state of affairs that forced the senior cadre of the district police to redeploy in Gbinti and made few arrests.
According to LUC Senesie, the police earlier received intelligence report that certain groups of supporters were planning to capture and manhandle one of the candidates called Sheik Dauda Kamara.
"Following this intelligence, we mounted our security apparatus in the area," Senesie disclosed.
He furthered that the people refused to grant audience to the Provincial Secretary, when he attempted to address them, but the police was able to restore decorum. "The whole town degenerated into turmoil when Sheik Dauda Kamara arrived, and we were forced to fire several teargas canisters to restore calm," the police boss explained.
One of the Assessor Chiefs from Makeni, never showed up in Gbinti as a result of the violence that ravaged the area, sources intimated. The eight candidates battling for the Dibiya Chieftaincy are Bai Sheik Wurie, Sheik Dauda A. Kamara, Anthony S. Kargbo, Bai Bangura, Alimamy Dura Kamara, Amara Alpha Lugbu, Aruna Tink Conteh and Alimamy Tink Conteh. It could be recalled that the declaration of rights for the Dibiya Chiefdom was re-scheduled to yesterday Thursday 17th December 2009, following series of petitions and problems during the process.
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