Gov’t Sends Rep. Kolubah, 20 Others to Court

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Rep. Kolubah being lifted high by his supporters as he marched with them in protest against poor governance, corruption, others.

Authorities of the Liberia National Police (LNP) charged and forwarded to court Montserrado District #10 Lawmaker Yekeh Kolubah, and 20 others for prosecution. This comes barely 24 hours after the peaceful protest on Capitol Hill, Monrovia, on Friday, June 7, which brought together thousands of Liberians who expressed their dissatisfaction with government’s handling of the economy, corruption and governance.

It can be recalled that on Wednesday, June 5, Rep. Kolubah’s supporters and a number of students from the University of Liberia (UL) protested when police invited the lawmaker based on allegations that he ordered the flogging of a man believed to be a resident of Gaye Town, Old Road where Kolubah also resides.

A press statement from the LNP headquarters signed by its chief of press and public affairs, H. Moses Carter, said the LNP charged Rep. Kolubah for “terroristic threat and criminal facilitation.”

The June 8, 2019 press release said the LNP has arrested, investigated and charged suspects Abu Keita, 21, Oliver C. Konneh, 47, Mohammed A. Kabba, 34, Johnson Kpor, 21, Varmu Kolubah, 30 and Mohammed S. Kabba, 38, with aggravated assault and felonious restraint for allegedly inflicting bodily injuries on one Emmanuel Freeman in the Gaye Town, Old Road community.

“The six suspects were arrested on June 5, 2019, upon a distress call from Mr. Freeman, who Police respondents met him lying naked under a market table opposite suspect Kolubah’s house, handcuffed with wounds on his head and bruises on his body. The victim, who was allegedly tortured and flogged by Kolubah’s personal body guards, was met in a bleeding condition, but was immediately rushed to the John F. Kennedy Hospital for treatment as suspect Kolubah’s private security guards were seen in an active aggression mode,” the statement claimed.

Carter said police preliminary investigation established that a group of men riding aboard a white Nissan pick-up, owned by suspect Yekeh Kolubah, were seen distributing leaflets and T-Shirts relative to the planned June 7 “Save the State” protest.

He added, “It was further established that Mr. Freeman was threatened by the suspects for refusing to receive said T-Shirts, and leaflets on grounds that the financiers of the T-Shirts must be part of the protest along with their entire families, something which triggered them coming after him at a cane juice shop. The shop is reported owned by a lady only identified as Naomi.”

Carter said with the investigative findings, coupled with pieces of evidence produced during police probe, the LNP has charged the suspects with the crimes of terroristic threat, criminal facilitation, aggravated assault and felonious restraint, and henceforth, have forwarded them to court for trial.

Terroristic threat and Criminal facilitation are in violation of Chapter 14 and 10, section 14.24 and section 10.2., While aggravated assault and felonious restraint are in violation of chapter 14 sub chapter ‘B’ section 14.20 and sub chapter ‘C’ section 14.51 of the revised penal code of the Liberia.

Additionally, the authorities at the LNP said they have also investigated, charged and sent to court suspects Lawrence Mulbah, 30, John McCritty, 44, Bola Kolubah, 40, Willie Nyuman Bombo, 30, for aggravated assault, rioting, failure to disperse from the main street on Capitol Hill, disorderly conduct and obstructing highway and Public passages.

Others charged and forwarded to court are Layto Yealue, 28, Bioma Bojah, 30, Jeremiah E. P. Davis, 30, Alphonso Chea, 24, Rebecca Zelee, 32, Saah Eric Tamba, 38, Adolphus Z. Johnson, 18, Levi Blackie, 38, Prince Sirleaf, 18, and Williamka Bamgai, 30.

“They were seen on the main street between the Police Headquarters and the UL Capitol Hill Campus singing battle cry slogans in solidarity of Rep. Kolubah, who the LNP had invited for questioning on charges of flogging Emmanuel Freeman, and threatening the peace by terroristic utterances,” Carter said.

He said that the suspects, while on the street, prevented vehicles and pedestrians’ free movement as provided for in Article 13 of the Constitution.

“The Police, while performing their statutory duty, came across the throwing of stones from the UL students and supporters of Kolubah, and the situation caused chaos, disturbed peaceful citizens’ movement due to the road blocks the accused had erected,” Carter said in the statement.

He said that four LNP officers assigned at the Police Support Unit (PSU), sustained serious bodily injuries and among them, one of the officers’ tooth was broken and removed.

“Due to the severity of the officers’ wounds, they were rushed to hospital for treatment,” Carter explained further in his statement.

Meanwhile, he said during the preliminary investigation, the suspects denied all allegations levied against them and told investigators that they boarded two pick-up vehicles (white and black), which took them from Old Road to the Police Headquarters.

When contacted via mobile phone, Carter told the Daily Observer that the suspects will remain behind bars at the Monrovia Central Prison until the court can get ready to look into their case(s), while Rep. Kolubah, will appear in court to also exonerate himself of the charges levied against him.

It can be recalled also that the release of the 20 suspects was a demand the Council of Patriots (CoP) placed on the table as a last-minute pre-requisite to presenting their petition to the government.

Unfortunately, government did not release the suspects, who by then, were still in police custody at the LNP headquarters on grounds that they had to be judiciously processed, and forwarded to court based on the need established from pieces of evidence as concerned the charges levied against them.

CoP did not present their petition to government, because of the LNP’s refusal to release the suspects, but promised to hold a press conference on Sunday, June 9, 2019, to tell the public their next plan of action.

GoL disappointed with CoP

In a related development, the government said it frowned on the unwillingness of the CoP to present its petition after requesting the government to appear and receive it.

“It can be recalled that this is the second time the CoP has refused to present the same petition to the government. On May 14 2019, Unification Day, the CoP declined to present its petition at a meeting brokered by international partners with President George Weah, and promised that it would have been done on June 7,” a statement signed by Information Minister Eugene Lenn Nagbe said.

“A high powered delegation comprising the Dean of the Cabinet, Gbehzohngar Findley, Justice Minister Musa Dean, the Minister of State Without Porfolio Trokon Kpui, the Security and Legal Advisor, Jefferson Karmoh, who were all designated by the President, went to meet the CoP at the Capitol Building venue of the assembly at 3:15 p.m., and remained there until 5:30 p.m. After more than two hours of delay, the CoP demanded the release of individuals, who were arrested for assaulting a police officer as a precondition for the presentation of their petition. The government regards this demand as an attempt to undermine the rule of law,” Minister Nagbe said.

In a Facebook live post by Abraham Darius Dillon the CoP had decided that since the ministers were not elected officials, they would not present their petitions to them.

“You don’t present petitions to appointed officials, most of who are some of the reasons why we are her today,” Dillon said. “And so we decided that we would not present the petition to the Minister, but we would rather, since the Minister of Justice — who is responsible for law and order — was present, we decided that we make a request of him to release the students that they had jailed for over 48 hours, against the Constitution, as result of their political arrest of Rep. Yekeh Kolubah. And the Minister said that they were going to the police station to see what they would do. And they didn’t return.”

According to the statement from the Information Minister, the accused have been charged and awaiting appearance in court represented by their lawyer. “The government reiterates its commitment to the precepts and tenets of democracy, and will continue to ensure that all citizens are protected under the law. The government also commends the police and other members of the security apparatus for their professionalism during Friday’s activities by the CoP. The government is also grateful to members of the international community, including ECOWAS, the UN and the AU for their efforts in promoting peace and security in Liberia,” the statement concluded.

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  1. Representative Yeke Kolubah must do everything that’s possible to stay out of trouble. Kolubah will not be taken seriously if he continues to be seen as an intractable person. Kolubah has the ability to change. The youth as well as every grownup Liberian need positive role models in both Houses of the Liberian Assembly. It is hoped that Kolubah will change.

    • Hney – This prosecution is a joke, only meant to make political headlines. There is no rule of law in Liberia. The Liberian government doesn’t have the moral authority to prosecute anyone if they can’t prosecute officials who are involved in corruption. It’s all a joke! This case will end up like all the rest.

  2. Weah is an illiterate not fit to be president. What’s wrong with going out to meet with the Sovereign people of Liberia and to receive their petition from the hands of their representatives? Why send appointed officials when the petition is addressed to you as their elected Head of State? Are you now so proud since you ascended to power that you cannot meet with the people that elected you, their agent? Are you a Demi-god that you think you are greater than the people who elected you and delegated certain powers to you to merely act as their agent in keeping with our laws? Two main issues are at bar: That the 16 billion Liberian dollars which disappeared at the Freeport of Monrovia under your administration must be accounted for and that the 25 million United States dollars withdrawn from Liberia’s reserve at the Federal Reserve Bank in New York by President Weah’s corrupt Finance Minister, Mr. Samuel Tweah, must be restituted and the Finance Minister jailed for stealing public funds intended for development. Yet in the face of all of this, Mr. Weah, himself, is seen building 45 mansions in Monrovia and its environs. We wonder, from where did Weah get all this money to build his mansions, while our people continue to languish in abject poverty? Mr. Weah must realize that Sovereignty remains with the people. The people are the author and source of law. That Sovereign powers are delegated and that Government exists and acts for the people. The government is a mere agent of the people . The people are the Principals. The government is the Servant. Therefore, governments are instituted to protect certain rights among men. That is the right to Life, Liberty and Property( which include our 16 billion Liberian dollars and our 25 million United States Dollars). “To secure these rights(life, liberty and property) governments are instituted among men…….whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter(change) or abolish(remove) it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles……..”(Declaration of Independence). It time that Weah gets the boot!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Gotombo, President Weah is not “illiterate” as you think. If you look up or define an “illiterate”, you would understand that it has to do with the ability to “read” and “write”. President Weah doesn’t fit in this category. He’s a high school and college graduate. This is on of the many misconceptions people hsve about President Weah.

    • I agree that Weah may not be up to the job but he’s definitely not illiterate. The dumbass Liberian people elected him for six years and they will have to live with their decision. It is a lesson in democracy and elections has consequences. Next time they won’t be saying “da book you will eat.” Our people back home are deceitful so let them feel the pain. Terrible, terrible people!!

    • Literacy is more than the ability to read and write. It is also the ability to understand what is written or read.

  4. Weah is an educated individual; however, Liberians have promoted him to an area that does not suit his specificity. Weah’s specificity is football. And therefore removing him from the football arena and bringing him into the presidential arena is tantamount to a violation of the Peter’s Principle.

    One aspect of the Peter’s Principle is called the, “Percussive Sublimation.” And it goes like this: when an individual reaches the peak of his own profession and is removed from his area of expertise within a bureau or organization and transferred to other areas for which he does not have the education or training, he becomes a liability and as the result, ineffective and unproductive to that establishment.

    Another aspect of the Peter’s Principle is called the, “Lateral Arabesque.” Lateral Arabesque is very similar to the effects of Percussive Sublimation within an organization but with the exception that the individual is not impacted by a vertical movement within the organization. Instead, he is switched horizontally within the organization, given a new title but his benefits and pay remain unchanged.

    This latter explanation may sound ridiculous but true. You have people in many organizations who are obsessed with power and titles; consequently, they would do anything to acquire titles which are not commensurate with their education and training.

    These practices contribute to the gross under-performances of organizations.

  5. The protesters were behaved. There was no violence. The cops did not use brute or deadly force to contain anyone. On this score, let’s say good job on both sides. Democracy is alive and well in Liberia. Bravo.

    Problem:
    Why didn’t the protest organizers turn in their petition to Finley and Musa Dean? At least one way or the other, Weah would have gotten the petition.

    Maybe Weah is not obliged to comply with the demands of the petition in 30 days because it wasn’t given to the Ministers of State and Justice, the very men who responsible to receive the petition.

  6. We have a government that believe in the rule of laws and expect every citizens to operate within the confine of the laws. The missing 16 billions case is now in court awaiting trial. This is a great step in the right directions of a government that believe in the rule of laws. Unlike the Ellen led government which took responsibility of the NOCAL bankruptcy and later compensated the senior management of NOCAL. You might not like president Weah neither voted for him during the last elections but remember he is now the president of Liberia and must be given the chance to perform his constitutional duty. In the contest for one seat that comprises of many candidates there must be only one ultimate winner. And President Weah is the winner and we should live with it and forge ahead as a people and nation. Liberia is greater than our individual interests.

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