Chief Justice Korkpor’s Hometown Comes in His Defense

Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor

The people of Zao township in Nimba County have released a statement asking authorities of the Liberia National Police and the entire state security apparatus to take seriously the recent death threats issued against Chief Justice Francis Saye-Korkpor by Mike Jabateh, a member of the Mandingo ethnic group. Zao is the home village of Chief Justice Francis Korkpor.

Jabateh, in his comments on Facebook live video during the Ganta land dispute riot, issued death threats against the Chief Justice, accusing him of being behind land disputes in Ganta.

“If one Mandingo man is killed, we will kill chief justice Francis Korkpor,” Jabateh is quoted as saying.

According to a press statement, the township of Zao is asking authorities of the Liberia National Police and the entire state security apparatus to take seriously the recent death threats issued against one of their kinsmen, Chief Justice Korkpor, Sr, by Mr. Jabateh, who claimed he was acting on behalf of his ethnic Mandingo people of Ganta.

The township, according to the release, condemns in the strongest terms such a diabolical and uncivilized attack on the life of a personality who has laboured so tremendously to uphold the rule of law in a post-conflict situation.

“The Zao Development Association, acting on behalf of the citizens of the Zao Township, is dismayed that days after the threats were issued against the head of such a strategic branch of government, there have been no public updates as to what security authorities have done so far,” the release said.

Mike Khailelu Jabateh went live on Facebook with his allegations of CDCians extorting money from people wanting to keep their government jobs. He also threatened to kill Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor.

“We believe allowing reckless statements such as the one coming from Mike Jabateh to go unquestioned and without the appropriate actions taken would only present Liberia as a free-for-all place where rule of law is not respected and where people are a law unto themselves,” it added.

The Zao people are also reminding the police and state security authorities to understand the sensitivity of the role of the Chief Justice in ensuring national peace; and therefore threats against his life should be of national, paramount concern.

“We, the citizens of Zao, also wonder why the tribal community Jabateh openly said he was defending in his verbal assaults has up to this date failed to condemn or dissociate itself from his reckless statement,” the Zao citizens said.

The statement further added that the entire joint security operation of Liberia should take seize on the matter and ensure the one issuing the threats is made to account for his action and the appropriate measures instituted to deter individuals from engaging in such malicious habits.

“We conclude this statement by reminding Jabateh and those who may be in support of his unfounded statements and threats that while the people of Zao stand for peace, their tolerance should never be misconstrued as being unable to hit back — and very hard — at any unscrupulous and misguided elements who have no regard for rule of law,” the release concludes.


  1. Mike Jabateh is of the opinion Liberia is an annexation of their homeland Guinea where barbaric primitive lawlessness is a norm that leverages he nuisance Madingo man to threaten the peace of an entire nation invoking Islamic radicalism and threats.
    There is no whole sale Madingoes enterprise in Liberia, Madingoes in Liberia are foreigners and any conflict elevations by them would see the wrath
    of a united Liberia behind Nimba!
    Guinean visitors and their legitimate cause is one that trumphets on Guinean soil!

  2. I strongly urge the MANDINGOES to categorically separate themselves from Jabeteh’s misguided conducts. It won’t help their [CASE]; in Ganta, Liberia. How dare Jabeteh threaten the Chief Justice of Guinea, his homeland. He’d be facing long jail terms with hard labor. Jabeteh is not above the supreme [LAWS] of Liberia. He better understand.

  3. To our people of Zao, thank you for putting out a statement. I strongly associate my image to what you have said.

    To our Mandingo sisters and brothers, you must make a public declaration to dissociate yourselves from the recklessness of Khalilou DIABATE (Not Jabateh). A dispute between an individual from one ethnic group and another individual from another group is NOT an open conflict between the 2 ethnic groups. There are many land disputes going in Liberia between a Bassa man and a Kpelle man, a Mano man and a Gio man, a Lorma man and a Vai man, etc. It does not mean all the Bassa people are at war with the Kpelle people, etc.

    For once, our brothers should appreciate the hospitalities of the hospitable people in the Guinea Basin. I can NEVER own or fight for land in Mali or Senegal or Niger, etc. In fact, I can not easily make petty businesses in those countries with my ‘kafli” name and religion unless I convert to Islam and take a Muslim name.
    In our countries, we disregard these details, give you land to build and farm, and even give you priority in marrying our daughters.

    Why can’t you appreciate this kind gesture and learn to live in peace with such people? Can such video ever be published in Guinea or Mali or Senegal or Niger about the Chief Justice of that country?

    If Weah does NOT act, everyone will henceforth threaten even him. and if he decides to arrest or ostracize anyone, like he did with Dillon or recently Yekeh Kolubah, we, the citizens, will raise our voice in anger.

    Peace in Liberia!

  4. George Manneh Weah nor Francis Saye Korkpor will be deterred by individuals on the fringes of soiciety who seek and cry for relevance. Liberia welcomes all refugees who fled their home countries and come to seek peace, progress, and freedom of speech in their personal lives in Liberia, but be warned, the days of Samuel Kanyon Doe are behind us. This is a different Liberia. Threatening Liberians, their love for peace and justice, and the fear of the one true God, should not be seen as a sign of weakness. So, be warned. A WORD TO THE WISE IS SUFFICIENT!


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