Cllr. Gongloe Rebukes IG Sudue’s Threat of Force

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Human Rights lawyer and President of the Liberian National Bar Association, Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe, has sharply reacted to Police Inspector General Sudue’s statement of using excessive force, terming it as “Undemocratic.”

It may be recalled that on October 5, 2020, while providing an update on the mysterious deaths of the two LRA employees, Liberia National Police (LNP) Inspector General, Patrick Sudue threatened to use excessive force against any group of individuals who will engage in “disorderly conduct” during the campaign period for the December 8 midterm senatorial elections.

The Police Inspector General said the LNP will not take anything for granted this time around, especially during the campaign period for the pending midterm senatorial election.

“When they throw stones at the police, we will use teargas to contain the situation.  The LNP will not take anything for granted during this election,” said IG Sudue.

In a phone conversation with the Daily Observer on October 6, 2020, Cllr. Gongloe said Sudue should not forget that the standard operating procedures of the LNP forbid any officer threatening any group of people.

“What I know of is that when there is a resistance from a group of people against police operations, the patrol department of the police comes in to restore order. Where the Patrol unit is overpowered, the Police Support Unit (PSU) comes in to help restore law and order,” Gongloe said.

He added: “When there is a proven fact that those who are resisting police orders are using lethal weapons or other kinds of dangerous weapons, the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) is authorized to step in to ensure that calm and stability are restored.”

“The police should not be a regime Police. They are for everybody. Threatening people ahead of time when there is already tension due to many challenges in the country is not in line with the tenets of democracy,” Gongloe said.

Like other elections of the past, activities leading up to the December 8 senatorial mid-term elections have been characterized by violence, which members of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) have been accused of perpetrating.  A few weeks ago, Montserrado County Senator and a major contestant in the impending election, Abraham Darius Dillon, was attacked in District #15 where some of his supporters had invited him to speak to them.

Before that time, Dillon had been attacked in Clara Town by people he believes to be loyal to the ruling party.  Interestingly, Thomas Fallah, Dillon’s main rival representing the ruling CDC, has not encountered any attack on any occasion in all his tours taken in Monrovia and other parts of Montserrado County.

IG Sudue, under whose watch opposition politicians have been subject to extreme, near-death acts of violence, said that the police will do everything in its power to ensure peaceful conduct of the election.

IG Sudue, while giving an update on the mysterious deaths of Albert Peters and Victoria Asmah Lamah, two ranking employees of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) who were murdered last weekend, said the police will no longer be lenient with anyone who obstructs any of the activities of the election.

We are ready to take the country through a peaceful senatorial election. We expect everyone, regardless of political affiliation or status to be law-abiding,” Sudue said. “We will not take anything lightly with anyone who tries disturbing the peaceful holding of the election. Definitely, we will go after you, even if it causes us to teargas you and bring you before the law to account for your action.”

The Police IG’s statement comes at a time when recent by-elections in the country have been marred by injurious friction between supporters of different political parties, most times on suspicion fraud or other factors.

Over the past two years, by-elections in Montserrado County Districts #13 and 15 were marred by violence resulting in damaging vehicles and wounding of individuals.

The fracas in District#13, which was never properly investigated by the police, started out when partisans of the former ruling Unity Party (UP) supporting the Representative bid of Mrs. Cornelia Kruah-Togba and partisans of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) in support of John Weah, clashed during the close of their respective political campaigns.

A similar situation occurred in 2018 in Logan Town where Telia Urey, the then-candidate of the Collaborating Political Parties and her campaign team were attacked and escaped death.

During the incident in which Ms. Urey’s vehicle was severely damaged, the Liberia National Police was recorded for having its officers at the scene videotaping the event without any attempt to make an arrest or curtail the violence.

Although it may sound less than convincing to the opposition, Sudue said that all senatorial candidates in the December 8 election will be equally protected by the Police.

 

 

17 COMMENTS

  1. Let Tiawen Gongloe go to hell and rot there. During the heat of the coronavirus pandemic he Mr. human rights lawyer proposed to the very Police to use excessive force on people who did not wear face mask. But because he is now shamelessly in the pocket of Benoni Urey and his sister is now on record for brutalizing opponents(as they did to Taa Wongbe), the Police should allow them to cause chaos and provoke others.

  2. Tiawon Gongloe needs the full weight of the police force to deter his undermining obstruction of justice.

    It is only in Liberia this can happen.

  3. What has Cllr. Gongloe said wrong here again? This guy talks so soundly that no reasonable and normal human being can contradict him.
    It seems IG Sudue is desparately fighting to keep his job, reason why he’s doing things in favor of hoodlum Weah and thugs.
    Why will the police support some candidates over others? Why will some other candidates be brutalized in some boroughs and others campaign there freely?

    IG Sudue, do your job professionally and earn respect of all, then fairly earned money and rewards will follow!

  4. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ! A crucial murder of some credible citizens took place. As the nation anxiously awaits news of the alleged circumstances still under investigation that led to their deaths, the political party boss of the police force seemed to be changing the narrative to that of elections related violence where by no one has ever been arrested or convicted or prosecuted for those bloodshed and injuries. Is the political party boss of the police politically informing the general public that the investigation for now will take a backseat in favor of elections related violence ? Or that the police party boss believes that the force can chewed gum and walk at the same time. That unusual combination of circumstances has never worked in that country or under this present regime. Mysterious killings or murders have been investigated, all having the same result of as usual ” no foul play”. And in elections related violence, no arrests, or prosecution ever made. So what is the message the political party boss of the police hopes to send to the general public concerning the deaths of these young Liberians ? Still investigating, still looking for the killers, or waiting for the autopsy reports before investigating and looking for the killers ? In the meantime, it is elections related violence that will be the national narrative. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. By then, the killers are not gone, but awaiting new assignments. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Two anti-corruption fighters murdered in cold blood. Because they refused to go along with plan A . Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha . And elections related violence is the narrative. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Calling A Spade A Spade. And the focus by supporters is the Human Rights fighter. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Funny people changing the narrative. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Oh well, that’s what happens in the land of IMPUNITY. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

  5. Why is the Director of the Liberia National Police (LNP) threatening to use force during the December 8, 2020 Senatorial Election? Why is President George Manneh Weah sitting and waiting to have Director Sudue and others like him destroy him and his Government? Liberia deserves better than than that!

  6. As for you, who hardly makes any sense, it is not surprising you are toeing the line with a Tiawen Gongloe who and gang are plotting to cause chaos as he and his sister together with Benoni Urey did in Nimba against their own ally of their CPP.

    For a Benoni Urey whose desperation for legislative seat for his daughter, would stage an assassination to gain sympathy from voters, only the naive would not envisage these serial losers to plot violence.

    After failing in their acts of treason when the used protests as ploys to reverse the democratic choice of THE MAJORITY THE MASSES, they are hellbent on violence via elections. And of course, ALL NECESSARY MEANS INCLUDING FORCE MUST BE USED TO MAINTAIN PEACE, LAW AND ORDER.

    • Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah, if this is your real name and true identity, keep beating the life out of yourself. May and perhaps may, the George Manneh Weah-led Government might NOTICE your support and accomplishment and perhaps write your name in the book of life. You could net a job soon!

  7. James Davis

    Police Director Subdue’s response was right regarding use of proportionate force to quell any riotous conduct be it at a church, mosque, party headquarters, election campaign, or wherever. He didn’t threaten deadly force to unarmed law-abiding citizens. Obviously, you noticed the word “response”. It denotes that rather than a digression from his probably double-murder briefing, he was responding to an unrelated question from a member of the press. A critical reader would’ve discerned that, and not recklessly gone down your boneheaded path.

    Apparently, those of you political elites insecure about One Man, One Vote would prefer a police force paralyzed by incompetence and fear. Whereas, most of us want the police to get justice for the deceased, and restore public confidence in their capacity and integrity. What we won’t support is irresponsible people running around screaming with lighted matches in a flammable political space, and calling such dangerous behaviors human rights. The question then becomes, what about the right to safety and peace of millions of other Liberians?

    • Sylvester Gbayahforh Moses, Liberia’s former Director of NSA, what in the world are you saying? Like Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah, if only this is name and true identity, you both are making no sense. Director Moses, it not a surprise that you and Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah are disparately fighting the life out of yourselves to gain notice and perhaps secure employment in the George Manneh Weah-led Government.

    • Obviously, the political party boss of the regime’s police force was giving an update on the planned killings that took place. But the question is why used the occasion to threaten the used of force by the police for the coming elections, if his intention was not to change the narrative of the killings still on the minds of most citizens ? This is no time to speculate that the question of electoral related violence came about from journalists.
      Stones throwing as elections related violence have been going on without arrest or prosecution, even before this cowardly killings of two decent citizens took place. So why now, when the nation is very much troubled the cowardly killings under this regime that has completely failed to handle the bloodshed and injuries from elections related violence ? Why now and this time ? When political signals from the regime said that it was ok to throw stones and to perhaps to kill with IMPUNITY ?
      In most cases, the political party boss of the police stood by and perhaps did nothing. In some cases arrest were made and condemnations were made. But nothing else happened. Setting that stage for hired political killers. Now the political party boss of the police is threatening to use force for elections related violence. But against who, and in support of who, Mr. Moses ? And so the narrative is changed by this article and paper. And perhaps other papers carrying the threat to use force by the police and the regime.
      One thing that is very much clear is that George loves to see citizens fight for him and on his behalf. He loves that. And that makes him feels more powerful and secured. His days are numbered through the ballot box . But his days are numbered. Putting the blame on the opposition will not do. The citizens have come to actually see who George is for themselves. And nothing can change that.

  8. Above all else, the People. The people are the Creators of the government of Liberia. The government is the Created. The government is a subservient tool for the purpose of protecting the Life, Liberty and Property of the Sovereign People. Sovereignty remains with the people and Governments exists and acts for the people. If the Police Director is drunk with power, and dares to fire a shot at our people, I can assure him he will bear the full weight of the law as he would have fired the shot that will bring down the corrupt government of George Manneh Weah.
    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inherent and unalienable rights; that among these, are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form , as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness”(U.S. Declaration of Independence). This Liberian Police Director should take due note and govern himself accordingly or face the wrath of the Liberian people, and the international community should he dare carry out his stupid threats in firing shots at and killing the sovereign people of Liberia.

  9. Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah, by insulting others in this public space, truly defines you and your capacity or the lack thereof. Governments are the making of their people. On December 26, 2017, the people of Liberia stood in the rain and sun to elect Mr. George Manneh Weah as President of Liberia. Our people did not elect a king or benevolent dictator whose chief of police will threaten to use against peaceful citizens!

    • Oh, you have seen reason to drop that inflated ego of NEEDLESSLY hanging your cllr, cllr, cllr all over your sleeves and now AFTER ALL ALONG POSING yourself as a braggart and self trumpeter, but spelling your own first name wrongly.

      Well, have you forgotten when the Defense Minister warned those who are plotting to perpetrate serious breaches of public order?

      You people better behave and tell others to behave. Go to Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Guinea, and Nigeria, and see what the authorities do to save and protect the rest of society when losers of elections are bent on violence, as Boakai, Urey, Cummings, used the now dead CoP to destabilize the nation. Tiawen Gongloe is in the pocket of Benoni Urey, so he has to do all of the biddings of Benoni Urey.

      Or have you forgotten what Ellen, Boakai, and Samukai, and Boimah Fhnbulleh Jr. as National Security Adviser did when they fired and killed scores of Liberians during elections? What came out of it? Ellen received her Nobel Peace Prize and her millions, and remained as President after been the only candidate.

      What you people should be doing is advocating for a peaceful elections instead of inciting violence, and expecting authorities to nod approval.

  10. Gaballay Gotombo, let people hear their ear okay? the people, the people. And you left the people children at Paemba Road Prison in Freetown who you used as your rebels, and after you people were driven out of Libya. When you people advised Ellen Johnson Sirleaf police to shoot and kill, and they killed scores of innocent Liberians, what the hell came out of it?

    When you people advised Brownie Samukai to instruct his soldiers to shoot on sight the people in West Point, and killed several people and even killed a little boy Shaki Kamara, what came out of it, after you people lied and the Americans exposed you people by producing the video of you people killing?

    Again, instead of deceiving yourself here, as if you do not know what the police must do if necessary, you better go and give account by confessing what happened to the people children you used as rebels of your PDF and abandoned them at Pademba Road Prison in Freetown.

  11. Counselor Frederick Jayweh

    I was NSA Director September 1980 to August 1986; Minister of National Security May 1989 to October 1990; and National Security Advisor for IGNU’s Sawyer between 1991 and 1994 while you were a magistrate. Moreover, I worked outside Liberia for 14 years before 1980; the question is, for a man who will be 72 years old on November 3, what security job am I lobbying for? And, most importantly, which part of my comment doesn’t make “sense”? Show me.

    Interestingly, if a 12th grade student must provide support for claims and objections in a persuasive essay, it is shameful that a lawyer would rather use argument ad hominem than providing relevant evidence. I engage our national conversations and those of Guinea and Ivory Coast, because my twenty-eight years of national security service in Sierra Leone and Liberia give me a unique perspective to comment on public safety matters in a post-conflict MRU basin: Nonsense.

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