FrontPage Africa Editor Sieh, Justice Nagbe Resolve ‘Traffic Violation’ Saga

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Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe says

Counselor Tiawan Gongloe, the lawyer representing the interest of FrontPage Africa Managing Editor Rodney Sieh, says the controversy that arose between Associate Justice Joseph Nagbe and his (Gongloe) client has been amicably resolved.  The Management of OK FM that broadcast the incident also expressed a similar message about the conference with Justice Nagbe.

Cllr. Gongloe, who is also President of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA), made the disclosure to journalists shortly after he emerged from a conference with all the parties organized by Justice Nagbe in his chamber at the Temple of Justice.

“The conference was not intended for Justice Nagbe to intimidate the media. It was for Justice Nagbe to explain about the amendment that was made in 2018 to increase the number of elected and appointed officials traffic regulation especially when conducting official  duties,” Gongloe said.

“The discussion was friendly and they understood each other’s position,” Gongloe noted. “But giving too much right to elected and appointed officials to use the third lane is going to create too much traffic-related offenses.”

Cllr. Gongloe told journalists that though they apologized about the article, he was going to make a thorough research for the law that Justice Nagbe said covered the Supreme Court justices as well.

Mr. Sieh had published an article online in which he accused Justice Nagbe of being in violation of the Vehicle and Traffic Laws of Liberia, which says state that only the President, vice president, and emergency vehicles have the right to use sirens in traffic and change lanes. “Under the same law, police vehicles are allowed but only in emergency situations.”

In his claim, Sieh said on Monday, May 19, 2020, while on his way to interview someone for a story near the Vai Town area when he noticed a black Jeep with a license plate JUD 4, bulldozing its way towards him in heavy speed. “I wasn’t sure whose vehicle it was at first- it was later I confirmed with a court staffer that it belonged to Associate Justice Nagbe,,” the article notes.

Sieh further quoted Section 38: 10.21 of the general rule of the Liberia Vehicle and Traffic Law, which he said states that vehicles shall be driven on the right half of every road of sufficient width except as follows: “When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction under the rules governing such movement; when overtaking or passing pedestrians or obstructions on the right half of the highway; when the right half of a road is closed to traffic while under the construction or repair; upon a roadway designated and signposted for one-way traffic.”

Section 10.4 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of Liberia in the Liberian Code of Laws is clear that: “Any person who operates a vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving. A person who violates the provisions of this section shall be subject to a fine of not more than US$500.00 or imprisonment for not more than six months or both.”

When contacted yesterday evening, FPA Managing Editor Sieh alluded that the matter was amicably resolved, though the Associate Justice tried to create an environment of intimidation that Cllr. Gongloe kicked against.  “The Associate Justice tried to demand an apology and intimidate, but Cllr. Gongloe said he should not do that to the media.  But we resolved the matter and Gongloe said he was going to research the amended law that covers the Associate Justices and other officials to drive on the opposite lane under whatever condition because the Associate Justice said he was rushing to the hospital,” said Mr. Sieh

7 COMMENTS

  1. But couldn’t a news conference be called to explain a none serious life threatening traffic incident requiring only legal explanation or issuing a written public statement with the new section of the traffic regulations ? Instead of dragging the highest Court in the land involving a minor none life threatening traffic incident by sending out citations to all those who were involved or reported the incident ? Was it an apology that the Associate Justice wanted from all who were involved after the new Section of the traffic regulations were explained? It was poor judgment made by the Judge in disregard to the position that the Justice holds at the Supreme Court forgetting not to drag the highest Court in any personal matters that the Court is not involved in or with legally. The Justice could had hired his personal lawyer to handle that minor incident. But no, the so-called big political powerful people must show off who they are in that draconian traditional that has become a political culture of that country’s society for intimidations. This was not only a poor judgment by the Associate Justice to drag the Supreme Court into a personal affairs, but his decision to do so which had everyone concerned about what was going to happen to all those who were involved , his decision was just too awkward and awful. He should know when to put aside those personal affairs of his , whether going or driving to work or taking a private walk. He must at all times remember that the position he holds is bigger than his personal private life. God sakes, you a Justice of the Supreme Court, and that means a lot.

  2. James Davis, keep quiet if you have nothing logical to assert. The very law which Rodney Sieh and most of you believed was violated by the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court is a law stipulating the rights of the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and which was been implemented by the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

    Instead of boring us with your illogical tautology about “Supreme Court being dragged” into a law directly relating to the rights of justices of the Supreme Court and the powers of the Supreme Court, you should be asking yourself: then why was Rodney Siehś demeanor and poise no different from that of a non-professional, an epileptic deranged goat, or that of a rabies – barking dog, when his poise and demeanor should have been those of a professional.

    As I stated earlier, Justice Nagbe is a fine lawyer and judge. Had it been me, I would INITIALLY PUNISH the Rodney Sieh, and then following such punitive measure, summon him and his lawyer for lecture and instructions on the law; as His Honor Justice Nagbe has done in tutoring the LNBAś President and that so called editor on the amended traffic law.

    • Sure Mr. Siboe Doe, it is not about Rodney, it is about the Supreme Court Associate Justice inability to proper decision to protect the integrity of the nation’s Highest Court. But like you are reasoning out , ever Tom , Dick and Harry appointed at the High Court who has a personal beef with a private citizen is can dragged the Court into their personal mud with the public. This was something that could had been handled differently without a citation from the Supreme Court. But just as you grew up under those silly draconian upbringings, your mindset will remained uneducated. But just the same, it is your time to EAT. So defend your bread and butter, young man. But Change Gonna Come.

  3. James Davis, I am not your whoever you are referring to as “Siboe Doe”. Firstly, your silly nonsense, whether from your backside or your stupid head, referring to me as “young Man”, or “growing up,” should be stuffed right back into your dull backside.

    If you parents have taught you to refer to others as “young man” or “growing up”, you better go back and tell them that their stupidity, moral bankruptcy, or outlandish rudeness, have caused you to run into trouble.

    As for your inability to comprehend the subject matter, even when it is clear as a sunny day that the Associate Justiceś reaction was excellent and commendable and worth emulating, and after the very Rodney Sieh has apologized, I shall not waster my time on that. For going any further with your ignorance and idiocy on this matter, is like one expecting to attain some sound reasoning from a fool.

    • You are Mr. Siboe Doe. All of the styles of your writings point to you as Mr. Siboe Doe who ran from Frontpageafrica to the Observer, because of the heat . Come back to FPA, the gangs are waiting. Your boss Sylvester Moses ran to the soft news of the Observer in order to avoid the heat from Frontpageafrica. Observe is soft news, come on back to the hard hitting news of Frontpageafrica and let Get It On. Thought So.

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