A man believed to be in his late 30’s is reported to have been tortured to death by a group of men, following allegations that he had threw stones at the vehicle of Representative Mantinakay Tengban in Zekepa in the Yarwin Messonnoh District, Lower Nimba County.A local who was present at the scene told our Nimba Country correspondent that on Saturday November 29, 2014 Representative Tengban was travelling to a nearby town called Kpowin and, while briefly stopping in Zekapa to greet some of the town’s residents, saw a man hurling stones at his vehicle. The representative claimed to have met the man on entering Zekepa and that he (the alleged culprit) had begged him (Tengben) for money but he had refused; at which point the fellow had got onto his car, evidently to extort money from him, but that he (Tengban) had driven away, leaving the man to fall off the vehicle. The man had then got up from the ground and lobbed stones at Representative Tengban’s vehicle, according to the local who spoke with our reporter, adding that it were after the stone-throwing that the man had been apprehended. The information, however, could not be independently verified.But it was believed he was imprisoned in a cell from Saturday November 29 until he met his death on Wednesday December 3, 2014 in a town called Voinpa.Police confirmed the incident and said that three persons have been arrested in connection to the murder and taken to Sanniquellie, in order to undergo interrogation, while two others are still at large.“We are still investigating the matter, so as to find out who ordered the man to be tortured,” said Detective James Kartoe.The victim is known to be one Saye Paye and is reported to have been mentally retarded. Residents say he was from Sendin – pleyee, a nearby town, but had been living with relatives in Zekepa. In another development, a man believed to be in his 50’s and who allegedly violated a traditional law, was reportedly tortured in Zuaplay, Nimba County, for failing to pay a fine imposed by the devil.Another man was early this year tortured almost to death in the Gbehlay Geh District for reportedly being a witch linked to Representative Garrison Yealue.When contacted via mobile phone on December 16, 2014 Representative Tengban refused to comment on the issue, referring our correspondent instead to his political officer, one Gonqueh, whose contact number he declined to give our reporter.Interestingly, however, the representative claimed that at no time anybody in Zekepa lobbed stones at his vehicle, adding that the issue was politically motivated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
• Photo Gallery: Palm Springs vs. Walnut WALNUT – One dominant stretch of the third quarter was all it took Thursday for the Walnut High School girls basketball team to down visiting Palm Springs and advance to the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division III-A playoffs. The Mustangs turned up the defensive pressure and held the Indians scoreless for the first 6 1/2 minutes of the second half on their way to a 40-27 win. “We play defense very well,” Walnut coach Lori Huckler said. “We’re quick and always in people’s faces. You could see the frustration on Palm Springs’ faces. We’re just everywhere, all the time.” As Palm Springs threw the ball away and squandered numerous third-quarter possessions, Walnut was busy busting open the game with an 11-0 run. Senior center Richelle Najera led the Mustangs with 12 points. Her 3-point-play with 4:15 left in the third gave Walnut its first double-digit lead, at 27-16. Aasia Aguirre sank a 3-pointer moments later to make it 30-16. Palm Springs managed just four points in the third quarter and only 10 in the entire second half. “I think in the first half we kind of played into what Palm Springs wanted,” Huckler said. “Too upbeat and too crazy. It was fast and manic. I told them we had to slow it down and take them out of their game and then we can set up our game. “I attribute at least the first quarter to first-round jitters.” Walnut, which won the San Antonio League, improved to 20-6 overall and gave the school its second consecutive 20-win season. The Mustangs will play either Orange or Desert Mirage on Saturday night. Palm Springs hung around, but never really threatened in the fourth quarter. Aguirre and Crystal Kim hit 3-pointers to keep the Indians at-bay. “It’s a relief \,” Huckler said. “It doesn’t surprise me because we’ve had games like that all season.” No other Mustang reached double figures. Aguirre and Ella Rodriguez added eight points apiece. Kim chipped in with seven. Thursday’s win was Walnut’s 11th in a row and marked the third time this season the Mustangs held an opponent under 30 points. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!