‘Unwarranted Interferences’?

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— Police’s investigative report Justifies Searching Yekeh’s Vehicle at Basement

An investigative report of the Liberia National Police (LNP) released on Thursday, January 9 to the Monrovia City Court claims that, due to unwarranted interferences, the police were constrained to drive a Toyota RaV-4 bearing plate #HOR-65, allegedly owned by Montserrado County District #10 Representative Yekeh Kolubah, to the basement of the LNP’s headquarters on Capitol Hill, where the controversial 9-millimeter pistol with serial number #BDAQ-380425PZ1550 was discovered in the vehicle.

The report says the police intercepted the vehicle at the January 6 protest scene, after which the car was subjected to a vigorous search in the presence of its operator, Alexander Sampson. “But due to unwarranted interferences, the search could not be completed at the scene, therefore, the vehicle was taken at the LNP’s basement for thorough search.”

What the report fails to explain further are what caused the unwarranted interferences.

The police report also claimed that another 9mm pistol, which bears the name “High Point”, was found in a White Ford Ranger with license plate A619132 that was allegedly recovered from the scene.

The report was released shortly after four alleged protesters who were charged with multiple crimes that include rioting, failure to disperse, recklessly endangering another person and disorderly conduct, were surrendered to the court to answer to these accusations.

Sampson, along with Aaron Kennedy, Emmanuel Johnson, and Josiah Tarphen, were later remanded at the Monrovia Central Prison due to their lawyers’ failure to secure a bond for their immediate release.

The report further claims that Sampson, who was driving HOR-65, is not gainfully employed as a driver for Rep. Kolubah, but he was contacted on the protest day by the lawmaker to drive the said vehicle on that day.

The investigative report claims that Sampson and his co-defendants during the probe put up a non-compliance posture which, according to the report, suggests that they are remorseful of their alleged unruly and lawless actions.

The police investigative report also claims that with the evidence gathered, including the two (2) pistols, barrel of gasoline and cutlasses, they resolved to charge the defendants.

On the issue of violence during the the January 6 protest, the report claims that the protesters turned violent and lit coal pots in the main street on the Capitol Hill, thus exposing themselves and others, including local and international journalists, to imminent danger.

The report continues, “the investigation also established that while those coal pots were being lit on the main street, there was also a barrel of gasoline just near where the coal pots were, something that drew  the attention of the joint security and prompted rapid intervention in getting the protesters off the street,” the police report said, justifying their deployment of tear gas and the water cannon.

The report claims that the protesters intentionally assembled at the Capitol building and the Executive Mansion corridors under the disguise of petitioning the government with their concerns, but did not as expected by the general public and other foreign institutions that were monitoring the situation. Further, the report says, during the process of their assembly, the joint security mounted a check post at the intersection of the UN Drive, referred to as “Fredrick Corner”, for  persons and vehicles attending  the protest to be searched  for the safety of everybody, including the protesters.

Another question that remains unanswered in the police investigative report is how the protesters managed to take the coal pots and the barrel of gasoline to the site, even as police inspected all vehicles entering the area?

12 COMMENTS

  1. The LNP just keep acting like a special task force to George Weah instead of Liberians. They are really making themselves look stupid in the eyes of our international friends and yet, trying to justified their stupidity. The people that sells roasted food along the sidewalk everyday in Liberia without harming anyone has the right to light up fire in their coal pots but the protestors don’t have that same rights because they are protestors.

    The finding of the guns in the cars says it all especially to whom the vehicle belongs to. This will go down in our history as the magical finding of guns where there was no guns. This is one of the oldest style of implication and the police are losing their credibilities slowly for making bad decisions.

    • The police so called report has created another room for legal practitioners to make the police look stupid. This is a complete cartoon and not case. It does not have any substance or any truth. Who gave them the authority to drive the vehicles to the basement? They recognized that the vehicles belong to Hon. Koulubah and with their sinister motives they decided to conceal weapons and planted them to create false evidence. Were the two vehicles the only vehicles on the ground? I’d like to see the judge in this case.

    • The country is still in the darkest days of its history. The security of the state serves at the whims of the president, creating this circle of imperial presidency. This practice is one reason why the president focuses on winning future elections rather than addresses the platforms upon which he was elected. The superficial glamor and glory the office of the presidency wields is stunningly enormous, with alright enormity.

      As it appears, world leaders are yet to recognize this president in terms of his acceptability in the comity of leadership as a real leader with actual cultivation of leadership abilities, growing out experience for the position.

      With this posture from world leaders, Liberia is doomed for few years to come under this dimwitted president.

      To think that a Weah would be different from a Samuel Doe or a Charles Taylor is foolhardy. They are all power haunters and their desire for the office unparalleled all level of interests for the people and the country.

    • The country is still in the darkest days of its history. The security of the state serves at the whims of the president, creating this circle of imperial presidency. This practice is one reason why the president focuses on winning future elections rather than addresses the platforms upon which he was elected. The superficial glamor and glory the office of the presidency wields is stunningly enormous, with alright enormity.

      As it appears, world leaders are yet to recognize this president in terms of his acceptability in the comity of leadership as a real leader with actual cultivation of leadership abilities, growing out experience for the position.

      With this posture from world leaders, Liberia is doomed for few years to come under this dimwitted president.

      To think that a Weah would be different from a Samuel Doe or a Charles Taylor is foolhardy. They are all power haunters and their desire for the office unparalleled all level of interests for the people and the country.

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  2. Joseph Akoi, you are another very stupid fool. So at your house, you cook and shit in the living room? You better go back in your one hut village and live your primitive life. Stupid fool!

    • You just marketed your stupidity. Where in this world you see police arrest car in the public looking at the condition in which they arrest the car . They search and find nothing but later drives the car to the police station in the ascent of the owner and later said they fund gum. Are you kidding me. Which court going to believe that madness

    • When you have a very limited vocabulary in your arsenal, or have no mastery over the use of the English Language, which many Liberians are inclined and afflicted with this state, you ended using the simplest of vulgars to vent your disagreement. Such as what is written by this coward who can not use a real human name.

  3. Every report point to the fact that the protesters were peaceful, and it was the police that instigated the violence. After abusing the rights of peaceful citizens the police is now manufacturing false charges against peaceful citizens, but the government will soon be punished by the international community with a sanction for the wanton violation of human rights and other excesses…

  4. He who cry for war Is always associated with war related materials such as knife, guns, etc. So, let him be judged for alleged action in Liberia.

  5. Cooking/preparing food at the protest scene is something precedented. So having coal pots and other cooking utensils couldn’t be the reason that triggered the LNP to become violence against the peaceful protesters. That ugly attitude of the LNP was dreadful and despicable. They further exposed their stupidity and weakness, that they cannot handle mass protest for even 24hrs.

  6. This is a very sad news to our international partners. These charges are very much laughable, the police whose responsibility is to protect life and properties have been all around creating falsehoods against its citizens.

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