In the aftermath of the recent protest that resulted to the disruption of normal activities on Capitol Hill, authorities of the Liberia National Police (LNP) yesterday invited Mulbah Morlu, chairman for operations and mobilization of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) for “questioning” regarding his role in the melee.
Morlu’s invitation came barely four days following the detention of activist Archie Sarnoh for allegedly leading protestors, who on Monday, February 29, disrupted normal activities on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.
Although Morlu was allowed to go home after he presented his statement regarding his alleged involvement into the rioting in hours time, CDC partisans and supporters made their presence felt at the police headquarters; an action, which eyewitnesses described as “terrifying.”
Morlu’s invitation yesterday nearly sparked rowdy situation when scores of elected officials led by Montserrado County Senator George Manneh Weah, accompanied him to the police headquarters. Senator Weah is also the political leader of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC).
A Daily Observer reporter, who witnessed the scene yesterday, reported that immediately as Weah arrived at the police headquarters in a convoy with 14 other lawmakers, anti-riot officers from the police Emergency Response Unit (ERU) prevented the motorcade from entering the police courtyard.
Police Director Chris Massaquoi however intervened and calm was restored.
The police invitation of Morlu yesterday drew the attendance of several supporters of the CDC led by it political leader, a football legend turned politician, George Weah and the party’s chair, Nathaniel McGill.
In line with the conduct of the police invitation, Morlu was interrogated in a space of two to three hours and subsequently told to go home amidst chanting of political slogans from his supporters.
In the process, the Daily Observer gathered that the huge presence of police ERU disallowed many of those who claimed to be CDC partisans and followers in the courtyard of the police headquarters.
Mr. Weah, now senator for Montserrado County told reporters shortly after he turned Morlu over to the police that he was equally concerned, “because we don’t want the police to pick him up at night or just in any form and manner.” He however gave the assurance that the LNP’s interaction with Morlu would be “a kind, friendly interaction.”
During the Monday, February 29 fracas, police said they saw Morlu directing the course of the protestors, and for that he was invited to answer some pertinent questions.
In a related development, police yesterday released Archie Sarnor, to the jubilation of CDC partisans at the police headquarters. One of three persons arrested during the February 29 demonstration, he spent three nights in police custody.
Sarnor was however released by the Monrovia City Court immediately after Cllr. Tiawon S. Gongloe offered himself as Sannor’s surety without posting bail to allow him answer to his multiple charges including criminal mischief brought against him by police.