Refusing Forceful Initiation Into ‘Poro Society’…

Momoh Kamara Narrowly Escapes Death At Hands Of Dreaded Secret Society Members

Reports reaching this medium reveals that a young man, Momoh Kamara, living with his wife Hannah Kamara, at Togbeh town, Waterloo, Western Rural Area, narrowly escaped death in the hands of members of a dreaded Poro secret society, whilst being forcefully taken to be initiated as replacement for his father, Saidu Kamara, now deceased, who was the leader of the secret society.
According to family sources, Momoh Kamara is a farmer living with his father, Saidu Kamara and Mother, Madam Digba Kamara and siblings. He is said to have taken a wife, Hannah Kamara, shortly after his mother died to help to take care of his father and siblings. Sometime in late July 2015, his father fell ill and was taking traditional treatment. According to our source, Pa Saidu Kamara (the father) holds a top position in the secret society known as ‘Sokobana’ (leader of the Poro society), and had undergone various rituals that makes it virtually impossible for knife or needles to enter his skin, thus treating him was done in the traditional way with herbs.
Unfortunately, the sickness got worse and he was taken to the society bush for further treatment, as was the tradition. It was further explained that on the 10th November 2015, Pa Saidu Kamara, Sokobana and leader of the Poro society, TEGBEH TOWN, Waterloo, and father of Momoh Kamara passed away in the society bush, and the news was broken to Momoh Kamara, who was the eldest son of the father on the same day. After the burial rites were done, Momoh and wife settled down to console the rest of the family.
Family members explained that on 12th November 2015, some members of the Poro Society came to his house in the company of some other youths, who were also junior members of the society. During their brief message to him, they explained that his late father, Saidu Kamara, before his death, vowed to the society that at his death, they should initiate Momoh Kamara into the society to redeem his cap (a society that had taken the lives of several members of his family during the initiation process), as he is the eldest son of the late Pa Saidu Kamara. This was stoutly rejected by Momoh Kamara, and a fight ensued, during the process he is said to have hit one of his assailants (whose name was Mohamed Kamara) with a stick that eventually rendered him unconscious, and as attention was focused on trying to resuscitate him, Momoh made good his escape with his wife, entering the bush at the back of their house. He was then pursued by the angry society members, but to no avail.
In an interview with a close confidant of Momoh Kamara, who wishes to remain anonymous, for fear of reprisals from members of the secret society, he explained that it is common knowledge that some youths who had been taken to the society bush for initiation do not return, and the members tell their parents that the Gods of the society had called them to higher duties. This is understood by the family and taken as part of their commitment to the Gods. He furthered that from conversation overheard from youths who had gone through the rites, the whole exercise is shrouded in secrecy and the treatment of the initiates are harrowing, barbaric, brutal cuttings, inhumane and dangerous. Those who have gone through are forbidden to speak about it.
During our investigation, it was revealed that Momoh Kamara and wife fled to a nearby village for safety. It was also revealed that the society members took the unconscious youth to the hospital and reported the matter to the police. Hospital sources say that the condition of the unconscious youth is critical. This then prompted the police to go on a man hunt for Momoh. As news filtered through that Momoh is wanted by the police, and indications of his whereabouts has been compromised, it was explained that he and his wife simply disappeared, and when the police arrived at that village to arrest him, they were not seen, and as we go to press, the whereabouts of both Momoh Kamara and wife, Hannah, are yet unknown. It is not known whether the society people, who are still combing the surrounding villages in search of him, have caught up with him or not. A warrant of arrest has been put out for him, a source at the Police told this writer.

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