By Tina Mehnpaine and Alvin Worzi
The Liberia National Police has declared the Secretary-General of the former ruling part, Mo Ali, as a wanted man and a threat to national security.
According to the LNP, Mo Ali became a wanted man after he “refused” to show-up to their headquarters to answer questions relating to his March 1, 2021 Facebook post that they believe caused the arson attacks on the headquarters of the National Elections Commission recently.
In the Facebook post, Mo Ali wrote: “Dear National Elections Commission (NEC), we understand the ploy. But try it and you will see what is gonna be the end result.”
The LNP also believes that Ali’s Facebook post might be linked to the recent arson attacks on the home of Justice Joseph Nagbe.
“Ali was due to visit the headquarters of the LNP for questions but he has since refused. Mo Ali committed himself to appear at the LNP’s headquarters and we granted him the opportunity to come along with his lawyers. We expected him yesterday March 18, 2021, but failed to come and today, we also expected him to be here at 10.A.m but also failed to show up again,” said Moses Carter, the police spokesperson.
.“Therefore, the police declare Ali a wanted man, a fugitive, and a threat to national security and will have him arrested anywhere he is seen,” Carter told newsmen on March 19, 2021, at the LNP’s Headquarters in Monrovia.
Meanwhile, Mo Ali has denied the police allegation that he is a fugitive but missed the meeting due to illness, a situation that prompted his lawyer to communicate with them to reschedule it. “I was only cited to a conference, so if I refused to attend, LNP can press charges and not declare me a wanted person,” Mo Ali told the Daily Observer.
Also one of Mo Ali’s lawyers has described the police categorization of his client as laughable and funny— arguing that it cannot hold any legal ground.
“Moses makes his statement without knowing something about it. Such a statement has endangered the lives of the man and his family…The man is represented by his lawyers, so I don’t understand why we were not contacted further after we had told them about his absence,” Cllr. Philip Kangar said.
Carter further that “Mo was expected to arrive at the LNP headquarters by 10 a.m., however, by 11:50 a.m., his lawyers wrote the Inspector General, Patrick Sudue, to postpone the meeting to March 21, 2021, at 10 a.m., citing health reasons.”
The LNP spokesman noted that the letter from Ali’s lawyers came after they had given the police the assurance that their client was going to be available for questioning.
Eelier, the police has informed Mo Ali that they “noticed incidents of petrol bombs thrown at the residence of associate Justice, Joseph Nagbe and the headquarters of NEC respectively, leaving properties damaged” few weeks after his post were made.
“In view of the herein, coupled with the task assigned thereon to us to protect life and property, it is prudent sir, that we have a conversation with you regarding the motive and intent of your post. The scheduled date for your appearance is March 19 2021 at 10:00 a.m.”.
The police invitation to Ali comes 18 days after Ali, on March 1, 2021, made an ambiguous Facebook post, warning the electoral body to stop delaying the certification of Lofa County Senator-elect Brownie Samukai. For Ali and his peers in the opposition community, the ruling party is using NEC to stop Senator-elect Samukai from being inaugurated as Senator of Lofa County.
Carter added that since Ali has been given the opportunity to attend the questioning voluntarily and failed, they will have him arrest this time around to face the law.
According to Carter, they are clampdown on free speech, stating “every free speech comes with responsibility and we remain very resolute in jealously protecting the peace and stability of this country.”