CDCians ‘Besiege’ National Bureau of Concession

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Want Weah dismiss D/G Coleman for ‘disrespecting’ his deputies

The offices of the National Bureau of Concessions (NBC) were on Thursday, August 1, 2019 afternoon reportedly stormed the offices of the National Bureau for Concession (NBC). The offices were allegedly besieged by a group of young men believed to be members of the Youth League of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC).

The young men, who violently overran the compound of the concession bureau, were chanting battle cry songs and pro-George Weah slogans, calling on the President to dismiss NBC Director General, Gregory Coleman.

They also frightened staffers of the institution, who ran for safety when the young men forced their way into the premises. It took the intervention of officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) to restore calm on the compound, multiple sources informed the Daily Observer late yesterday.

According to sources, the group of young CDCians had gone to act on an alleged order or enforce a call by NBC Deputy Director General for Administration (DDGA), Daddy Gibson, and the deputy director-general for Concession (DDGC), Nathaniel Bracewell, to ensure that Mr. Coleman, a non-CDCian is removed.

NBC Deputy Director General for Administration (DDGA), Daddy Gibson, and the Deputy Director General for Concession (DDGC), Nathaniel Bracewell

The two deputies are staunch members of the ruling CDC and its Youth League. They have been at odds with Mr. Coleman—and they practically want his head, “all because he does not respect them,” the Daily Observer gathered in the aftermath of the confusion.

In the midst of the havoc being created at the entity, Mr. Coleman, in a letter to his staff, said that he, as NBC Chief executive Officer (CEO), can no longer guarantee the safety of any of the employees under such duress.

“I cannot guarantee the safety of employees under these conditions, as such; all the them are advised to remain on the premises based on their personal comfort levels, as there will be no administrative action taken against anyone who feels unsafe due to the prevailing situation,” Coleman said.

The scuffle at the NBC began on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 when, according to Mr. Coleman, his two deputies allegedly held him virtually hostage, and later called on some young men from the CDC headquarters in Congo Town to join them at the NBC office for the “show down.”

Mr. Coleman formerly served the LNP as its inspector general.

In his letter to the NBC staff, Coleman narrated that he was “physically attacked, and insulted by the two men, who are my principal lieutenants,” the claims the men had vehemently denied.

However, Coleman said the attack against him was carried out in the presence of the NBC’s head of Human Resources, Legal Director, Office Assistant and security.

“It saddens me to inform you all that, yesterday, I was physically attacked and (feloniously) restrained by my two deputies,” he said.

The attack, Coleman said, “is the latest of other actions taken by the two men, ranging from the escalation from wrongful communications, to incitement, then provocation, now verbal insult and physical assault.”

LNP officers arrive at the NBC headquarters to ‘calm’ the situation.

“The DDGA and DOGC aggressively entered my office, and physically attack me, pointing fingers in my face, insulting me, and violently banging on my desk. The DOGA stood in the visitors’ chair, while his colleague took comfort in sitting on my desk, continuing the banging and insulting me and my generation,” he said.

According to Coleman, the two men reportedly made series of phone calls for vanguard forces from the CDC headquarters to back them up in their pursuit. He claimed that they also made a series of calls to LNP Inspector General Patrick Sudue, requesting for some officers assigned with the police Emergency Response Unit (ERU) to come and “drag me out of my office.”

While leaving the office to avoid uncontrollable provocation, “my two deputies again tried to restrain me from leaving.”

He added that it took the intervention of members of the NBC staff, who created a wall around him,
thus allowing him to safely leave the office.

“The two did not stop there; they used their vehicles and deployed the DDGC office assistant, thugs who arrived in response to their call, to block the entrance and exit of the bureau, thereby preventing me from leaving the compound,” he alleged.

5 COMMENTS

  1. If this/the narration of Mr. Coleman is accurate and can be without bias proven, I mean openly justified, what was Mr. Weah’s reactions and or first comments? If he didn’t say a word of pro or con about Mr. Coleman’s accusation, then my direct questions to him are: does he, Mr. Weah wants a peaceful Liberia or an anarchic/chaotic one? What ever his answer is, let him clearly say now, if he’s backing those group of thugs or not. Otherwise, I’m afraid that, pretty soon Liberia is going to experience another dreadful and long lasting civil catastrophe. He as head of State and all his buddies should know that, enough of anything is just enough. From my personal observations and analyses, no today Liberians, especially the hungry and suffering ones, are afraid to stand fiercely for their constitutional and natural rights, which the prime of all those rights is a “peace of mind/tranquility”. By the way, Mr. Weah and his associates who were opponents of yesterday should be strongly and seriously reminded that, “if one is afraid, he is going to die anyway a sorrowful and unfamous death; and if he/she is not a coward and has to struggle for a just cause till death, he would’ve given his/ her life for his own freedom/liberty and those of others, hence a meaningful death”.
    Why should we even go thus far ? Let’s see and apply reason now before it gets too late! //Gonyanue Blah

  2. THIS IS LAWLESSNESS AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL. IF THE POLICE WILL NOT FIRST ARREST THOSE GUYS, PUT THEM BEHIND BARS UNTIL THEY ARE SEND TO COURT THEN Liberia IS FINISH UNDER WEAH ADMINISTRATION. THERE ARE MORE WORST SITUATION TO COME IN FEW DAYS FROM NOW. THIS IS WHAT HAPPEN WHEN YOU HAVE SOMEONE IN A POSITION LIKE WEAH, THEY MAY HAVE ALL THE LOVE FOR IT BUT DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO IN THE POSITION. CDC HAS NEVER BEEN UNDER CONTROL. IF THEY CAN NOT REALIZE THEY HAVE STATE POWER AND THEIR LEADER NEEDS TO SPEAK OUT OR GO AGAINST WRONG HAPPENING TO EVERY LIBERIAN, HE OR THEY SHOULD BE READY FOR THE OPPOSITION OR THE OPPRESSED PEOPLE TO FIGHT FOR THEIR RIGHT TO LIVE, BE FREE, AND BE A PART OF THEIR GOV’T. YOU MAY DO IT TO JOHN AND IT GOES FREE BUT PAUL WILL NOT ALLOW IT BECAUSE JOHN MAY NOT HAVE FOLLOWERS BUT PAUL HAS. THE AUTHORITY OF THE DAY NEED TO CONDEM THESE KIND OF ACTIONS BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE. THE WORLD IS WATCHING AND GRADUALLY WEAH WILL CAUSE THEM TO STOP PROTECTING HIM MOSTLY WHEN MORE PEOPLE ARE BEEN TREATED LIKE THIS AND HE CAN’T DO OR SAY SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

    FINNALY THIS IS WHAT HAPPEN WHEN YOU TRAIN YOUR CHILD THE WRONG WAY. CDC PEOPLE STARTED, LIVE ALL THROUGH SINCE 2005 AND GOT IN POWER BY BEEN FORCEFUL, ABUSIVE, AND UNTAINED. THIS IS WHAT THEY ARE SHOWING. “YOU CAN NOT TEACH OLD DOG NEW TRICKS”.
    THE WORST IS SHORTLY AHEAD BUT I PRAY THAT GOD SAVE LIBERIA AND THE NAMY INNOCENT FROM SUCH FAILURE. AMEN, AMEN, AND AMEN!!!!!!

  3. The problem is we are not educated. Liberia was never setup?
    Dropouts are very certain they can run the country.
    Look at Ghana, Nigeria? They are 50+years ahead with good education and development?
    The CoP?
    Where are the Skills from that environment as well? Do not be happy we are not out of the woods.
    We the best educated with the needed Skills for the development of the country must get up.

    God bless our country.

  4. Another second-rate journalism displayed here. The director of the NBC was reportedly assaulted by two of his deputies, ok, we get it. The deputies even called CDC HQ for help from standby thugs available on request. We acknowledged that also. The police was called and they intervened to restore order in the agency’s compound, that too we acknowledged. But did journalist William Harmon not think what prompted the sequence of events surrounding this story was necessary in this write-up? Or is that coming later?In other words Mr. Harmon, what provoked the two deputies to resort to extreme measure by assaulting and holding their boss hostage in the first place? The only reference to any motive that we could attach to your report is this scanty report: “The two deputies are staunch members of the ruling CDC and its Youth League. They have been at odds with Mr. Coleman—and they practically want his head, “all because he does not respect them,” the Daily Observer gathered in the aftermath of the confusion.” That’s it? Is that what led to this incident on that particular day? I’m sure if you had just asked some relevant sources (employees) of that agency for more details on this incident, it would have come easily. So details my friend. Details!

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