Authorities of the Liberia National Police (LNP) have with immediate effect replaced several of its officers who were on duty at Associate Justice Sie-A-Nyene Yuoh’s residence which was reportedly attacked on Sunday, Nov. 6, by some unknown persons.
The officers are being investigated for their alleged role in Sunday’s incident in which several properties were reported destroyed at the home of Justice Yuoh in Monrovia.
The home of Justice Yuoh, who is the wife of Representative Edwin Melvin Snowe, was attacked the night before the Supreme Court handed down its ruling in a request filed by the Liberty Party (LP) against authorities of the National Elections Commission (NEC) to suspend the run-off election until the Commission looked into the party’s claims of fraud.
During the hearings, it was Justice Yuoh who posed complicated questions directed at lawyers representing the NEC.
The alleged perpetrators of the attack on Justice Yuoh’s residence reportedly threw stones and other projectiles into her compound which damaged properties owned by her neighbors, but there is no information as to whether Yuoh herself was in the compound during the attack.
Police Inspector General (IG), Gregory Coleman, who yesterday confirmed the incident and the subsequent withdrawal of the LNP officers guarding the home of Justice Youh, said the officers were currently undergoing investigation, although police have so far made no arrest in the aftermath of Sunday’s incident.
Coleman did not give the number of officers that were on duty when the alleged attack took place, but said the officers have been replaced.
“We are investigating the officers and they have been withdrawn and immediately replaced,” IG emphasized, noting that his office has meanwhile increased the number security officers assigned to the other Justices including Yuoh.
He ruled out any political motivation that might have prompted the attack, though the matter was still being investigated. IG Coleman did not explain how long the probe will last, and also did not say what will happen if the officers were investigated and linked to the attack.
Youh’s toughness was on display during the Supreme Court’s hearing of legal arguments that led the Court to issue a writ of prohibition asked for by the LP to stop the electoral body from conducting the run-off election.
At some point during the lawyers’ arguments, Justice Yuoh was heard asking Cllr. Frank Musa Dean, the NEC lead lawyer: “Is this how you were taught in the law school?” She also asked him to give the proper interpretation of Article 83 of the Constitution which Dean had argued was the article on which NEC relied to schedule November 7 as the date for the run-off election.
Article 83 of the Constitution says voting for the President, Vice President, members of the Senate and members of the House of Representatives shall be conducted throughout the Republic on the second Tuesday in October of each election year….
NEC reportedly relied on this article not to conduct an investigation about irregularities and fraud raised by the LP against the October 10 presidential and legislative elections.
The run-off should have occurred yesterday, Nov. 7, between Vice President Joseph Boakai of the Unity Party (UP) and Senator George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC). However, it was suspended upon issuance of the writ of prohibition by the Supreme Court on the NEC to refrain from all activities pertaining to the conduct of the run-off election.