No Indictment in Dismissed GT Bank Manager Assault Case

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GT Bank Liberia managing director, Ayodeji Bejide, injured employee Edward Freeman by throwing a calculator at him, causing a serious injury to his lips.

-As Defendant Ayodeji Bejide gets court permission to leave the country

The Liberian government has declined to indict dismissed Guaranty Trust Bank Manager, Ayodeji Bejide, a Nigerian national, after he threw his calculator at the face of one of his staff members in a fit of rage, during a meeting. The staff member, identified as Edward Freeman, sustained  serious injury on the lip.

The Monrovia City Court, where defendant Bejide is expected to face charges of aggravated assault, has lifted its travel ban on the defendant, permitting him to leave for a two-week medical trip outside the country.

Initially, the government had requested the court not to allow Bejide to leave the country while the matter was still pending.

It was not clear whether it was the government’s prosecutors that agreed to the court’s decision, though defendant Bejide had been under a US$50,000 bail posted by the Insurance Company of Africa (ICA).

The assault on Freeman took place on Tuesday, August 28, after which Bejide was arrested by the Liberia National Police (LNP), charged with aggravated assault, and arraigned on August 30 before the Monrovia City Court.

Since defendant Bejide’s first arraignment, there is no record to show that the government has notified the court about their preparedness to pursue the matter.

And because  government prosecutors did not press for the resumption of the case, the court resolved to revoke its sanctions imposed on defendant Bejide barring him from leaving the country.

Their revocation letter, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer, is dated September 28, 2018 and signed by Francis Weah, clerk of the court. It reads: “Acting upon order and directive of Magistrate Kennedy Peabody the Writ of Ne-Exeat Republica of August 31 issued by the court for the purpose of preventing defendant Ayodeji Bejide leaving the bailiwick of the Republic of Liberia is ordered by the court revoked since, in fact, the purpose for which the writ was issued no longer exist.”

In conclusion, it said, “He (defendant Bejide) is thereby at liberty and has the freedom to leave the Republic of Liberia to foreign parts as he wishes.”

It may be recalled that because of the urgency attached to the matter, the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), at the time of the incident, instituted several punitive measures against Ayodeji Bejide, including his immediate suspension for assaulting Edward Freeman.

The Bank, in a release, said, “The Chairman of the Board of Governors and Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) Nathaniel R. Patray, III sanctioned the decision as Mr.  Ayodeji Bejide will not receive pay pending the thorough investigation of the allegations against him by the CBL’s Board.”

Another measure taken by the CBL, was the naming of GTBank Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Amazu Nwachukwu, as Acting MD until the conclusion of the aforesaid investigation and “the submission to the CBL within 48 hours the GT Bank Board’s intended course of action to address this grave matter.”

“The CBL Management says following its (GT Bank Board’s) report, it would review the Board’s recommendations and ensure the strictest implementation of the Bank’s ‘mitigative’ actions,” the release noted.

In response to Bejide’s action, GT Bank Board expressed deep regret for this alleged incident and further informed the CBL that a senior executive from its parent company, GT Bank Nigeria, was due to arrive in Liberia on August 29, 2018, to assist in the investigation.

Police investigation also established that suspect Bejide and the victim were not in confusion at the time of the incident and that the suspect had admitted to the commission of the crime.

At that time, Inspector General of Police Patrick Sudue warned that his administration would not tolerate such a barbaric attitude and perpetrators will surely be prosecuted according to the laws of Liberia.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. I don’t get it. So the victim in this assault case gets no personal recourse in this matter besides what the CBL did, by instigating the firing of the perpetrator and telling him to take a vacation? And why did the CBL have to poke in this case in the first place, as if it owns all banks in the country and therefore is responsible for the conduct of their employees? If this is not overarching or abuse of powers, then the meaning of those words must have changed on me Wikipedia style. Liberia is fast becoming despotic in that regard. Very dangerous trend!

  2. As long as money is available, judges, prosecutors the whole justice system is tinted and corrupt. You can put money in their pockets and get away with murder. Notice the culprit is the one leaving to seek medical help instead of the victim.

  3. Is that a serious injury? Seriously? Grow up. This is a civil issue, not a national one deserving space on the front page of the newspaper. You all think you are owed something. What’d the rest of the story? Perhaps the injured party put his mouth in front of the airborne calculator. Regardless, this is a non-issue. He will heal. Its his pride that is hurt and you know he (the injured party) is getting his share of sympathy from this small incident. Grow up!!

    • Camai, you must have been born feet first, to think this way. There can be no other explanation for such insensitive coldhearted animalistic way of thinking. And in spite of all the stupidity surrounding this case, one thing is heartwarming therefrom, the perpetrator, your hero, is out of Liberia pronto! as in “Out of here!” You can follow him wherever to lay you some more if you so choose, but never again in Liberia. And that’s how it’ll be for a long while. Any question, call me.

    • Camai B, let’s assume it was you in this situation. Would you have loved it ending this way? Are you a Liberian? This is a Liberian, getting hurt by a foreigner in Liberia and nothing’s coming out of it. A Liberian could never have gone to Nigeria, hurt a Nigerian citizen, and the case just gets swept under the rug like that. I think we as a people should learn to love one another.

  4. Probably, case settled out of court because victim got compensated to drop charges – happening everywhere.

    • No one doubts that. In the realm of probabilities, any number of contingencies or occurrences are possible in this case. But that’s not the point. The basis of our deductions happens to be predicated upon the reportage provided thus far. Not some speculative abstract intended to throw us off.

  5. this is a simple assault why is the bond so high? it is political only that is it just because he is nigerian. if this was liberian against liberian there would be a small fine and ??? that it

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