Via Awareness Times, more on the riot in Kono: Kono Youth stage Ebola Riot; Diana Konomani steps in.
Tuesday 21st October turned Koidu in Eastern Kono district into a battleground following attempts by Ebola Response Team to take away Mrs. Aminata Koroma, mother of a famous youth gangster, Adamu Ezeh. This was resisted by Adamu and his loyal youths who insisted the mum is not going into an Ebola contaminated ambulance, as she was not an Ebola victim.
The incident saw intervention of Police and Military which resulted in youths defying teargas forcing live bullets to be fired to disperse youths so for the sick woman to be collected. There were casualties amongst Adamu’s youths.
Meanwhile, prominent Kono lady and Minister of Local Government, Hon. Diana Finda Konomani-Kabba, is reported to have climbed out of her plane in Brussels when she received the report of gunshots in her beloved Kono homeland. According to sources, she had already boarded the flight heading for a meeting in America, when she received an SMS phone text on the seriousness of what was unfolding amongst her people in Kono.
"I was seated with her on the plane when she told cabin crew she could not travel again but wanted her flight rescheduled as she had to make phone calls to her country. She was disturbed and saying 'Kono does not deserve this, Kono does not deserve this' repeatedly," said our source who asked not to be named.
Senior police officials have confirmed to this press that Madam Konomani-Kabba was on the phone with the police from Brussels for many hours as she tried to work with stakeholders to restore calm to disturbed township.
Similarly, traditional rulers and local government officials confirmed that Hon. Konomani-Kabba played a key role in calming down things even from far away in Brussels.
Last night, all was reportedly calm now in Kono but Adamu's loyal youths are reported to have kidnapped the sick old lady to whereabouts unknown. Reports allege the old woman had since died.
Talking to one youth who was at the scene who described himself as Rogers, he said it all started on Sunday 19th October when Adamu’s mum, whilst coming from her bathroom, got a major hypertensive attack and became helpless over the next day, leading to calls for her to be given medical assistance.
Rogers further explained that the son Adamu Ezeh and his gangster loyalists were at the home waiting for medical intervention when they saw members of Kono Ebola Response team, dressed in "fearful" Personal Protective Gears and using an Ebola ambulance to attempt to forcefully take the old woman in it.