Caught in the act
By Lucian Kulanda
A man believed to be in the habit of breaking open to steal and desecrate graves has been caught red-handed at the Kossoh Town Cemetery, east of Freetown.
For the past years, there have been numerous attacks on graves by unknown persons who have been stealing from the graves and in the process desecrating the dead bodies for reasons best known to them.
Recently, this activity was noticed in the Kossoh Town Cemetery and authorities in the community implemented some strategies to catch the grave robbers.
This activity has also been going on in different cemeteries across Freetown for some time now. But authorities at Kossoh Town put in place a task force to catch the culprits and bring an end to this dastardly act, according to the Kossoh Town Headman, Emeric Coker.
Explaining what he knew of the act, the caretaker of the Kossoh Town Cemetery, Eddie Tunde Williams said he had been hearing rumors about nocturnal and evil activities taking place at the cemetery and that this created fear among residents and they were even afraid to walk around the cemetery area when it grew dark.
Headman Emeric Coker informed AYV that he and some young men adopted strategies to catch the culprit or culprits and that their plan yielded dividend. He maintained that the main problem was because the cemetery was not secure as does not have a perimeter fence.
According to him, they are currently embarked on putting up a perimeter fence around the cemetery but that they were constrained over lack of water and need financial and other support to complete the project. He added that for a long time now such abominable acts had been going on inside the cemetery but that this is the first time they have been able to catch a suspect.
According to him, on the other occasions when they noticed breakage on any grave, they would report the matter to the police station. He added that he is happy that this time round, they have succeeded to catch red-handed a suspect standing right inside a desecrated grave.
Explaining how they managed to catch the suspect, the Headman said a number of them hid themselves inside the graveyard at night and when it was coming close to daylight they observed some activity inside one of the graves and when they went to observe, they saw a man standing inside a broken grave. He was subsequently arrested and handed over to police for further investigation.
Speaking to AYV after the culprit was caught; the caretaker of the Kossoh Town Cemetery said he felt relieved that at last he had been vindicated after being considered the prime suspect earlier. He added that, such diabolical acts smack of evil, and that it is only someone with evil intentions or connections with the devil that dabbles in such abominable practices.