Acclaimed Civil Rights Activist Juma P. Karnley Jr, Alarms Death Threats over his Life by Ritualistic Networks
By Jefferson Duncan
A Civil Rights Activate, Juma P. Karnley, Jr, has alarmed death threats over his life by alleged perpetrators of ritualistic killings in Liberia for his advocacy on behalf of a Two (2) year-old boy Momo Saah, who went missing on January 23, 2023, in Zealey Town, Dowein District, Bomi County; and was later found dead. Mr. Karnley told this newspaper that when the Two (2) year old child went missing, he and scores of young rights advocates along with community members and leaders, led a manhunt for the missing boy in Bomi County.
According to Juma, the little boy was discovered dead with his stomach open and other bodily parts including one of his eyes extracted after two days when he went missing. He claimed that based on his unrelenting advocacy heavily supported by pictorial evidence, the government through the Liberia National Police (LNP), arrested six other persons linked to the murder of the two-year-old child, including his uncle Mr. Siafa Gray, charged and forwarded to the Tubmanburg City Magisterial Court in Bomi County for prosecution on the allegation of Murder and Criminal Conspiracy.
“Since my involvement with that case, it will interest you to note that my life came under severe danger and harm way with perpetrators of ritualistic killings, including their benefactors”, Juma told the Democracy Watch Newspaper in Monrovia.
It can be recalled that before the 11th Judicial Circuit Court of Bomi County, found Two (2) of the six suspects guilty of the charge of Murder and Criminal Conspiracy, my house was attacked on May 16, 2023, by unknown men believed to be linked with defendants Momo Gray, Siafa Gray, and the general ritualistic cartel in Liberia.
“When my home was attacked by those men who had dangerous weapons during that early morning hour, my two brothers, Robert Karnley and Sheriff Kromah, were killed by those unknown men whilst I narrowed escaped through the ceiling of my room and came out of the house to hide in the bush”, Juma Karnely asserted.
Speaking with our reporter, Mr. Karnley Jr, an acclaimed civil rights activist, told our paper that since the attack on his home and the death of his two brothers which was precipitated by the unanimous guilty verdict handed down by the trial jurors of the 11th Judicial Circuit Court in Bomi County, against the accused, there has been vicious searches for him everywhere in the country by accomplices and benefactors of the ritualistic networks in Liberia to take away his life which led him to escape to an unknown destination. When asked by our reported whether he reported said incident to the National Civil Society Council of Liberia and the Liberian National Police, Mr. Karnley said yes, he did and when we contacted the police for follow-up, they acknowledge receiving a complaint and are looking into it but at the moment, no arrest has been made and that the police is doing everything to bring the alleged perpetrators to justice.
In the context of Liberia, it is a prevailing custom to attribute responsibility to politicians for ritualistic homicides carried out to procure human anatomical parts to attain political power. Instances of ritual killings in Bomi County have been previously documented. In the Klay District section of Bomi County, there was an alleged murder of a female charcoal dealer some years ago, purportedly for ceremonial motives. Multiple individuals, including the late Lahai Lassanah, former congressman of the County, were accused and prosecuted for this incident.
In Liberia, those aspiring for political power, wealth, and influence often engage in archaic and violent methods, such as ritualistic killings. This phenomenon was a frequent event in the southeastern county of Maryland. During the 1970s, former Liberian president William R. Tolbert executed several individuals, including James Anderson, who held the position of superintendent of Maryland at the time. These executions were carried out after the death of Moses Tweh, a well-recognized traditional musician.