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Cover-ups an obstacle, says Manning

Village cover-ups are an obstacle when police respond to sorcery incidents Police Commissioner David Manning said.

“Village cover-ups are an obstacle, when police respond to a sorcery incident there is the further barrier of having witnesses come forward as people have been brainwashed or are scared to talk,” Commissioner stated.

“Police are increasingly skilled in breaking down barriers to isolate the torturers and killers.

This is part of ongoing police skills development, and now part of the training for new recruits and reservists.”

“Police have responded to the sorcery violence in Mumeng, Bololo District, and are taking action against the suspects responsible for the brutal torture and murder, and also the so-called ‘prayer warrior’ that was involved says Police Commissioner David Manning.

“The Member for Bulolo, Sam Basil Junior, is also assisting police with logistics and community awareness as investigations continue.”

“This murder demonstrates a disturbing change in the way sorcery and related violence is being perpetrated by manipulating Christian faith to commit torture and murder, as has occurred in Bulolo.”

“It is sickening to see these profiteers of death, the glasmen and glasmeris, now calling themselves prayer warriors, misusing mainstream Christian faith for their brutal and bloody ends,” he added.

He further stated, “From a policing perspective there are challenges, particularly when sorcery violence occurs in remote and rural areas, and these crimes often unfold rapidly.

“It is essential that Churches work with police in stopping these people calling themselves prayer warriors who are manipulating Christianity to instigate murder.”