Two days following a major accident involving an Executive Mansion Press vehicle and a jeep belonging to Cllr. Micah Wilkins Wright on Gbarnga/Kakata Highway, President George Weah has promptly responded to the critical condition of long-serving Executive Mansion Videographer, Gabriel W. Mills, by ordering that the badly injured staff of the Ministry of State for President Affairs is flown to Abidjan, La Cote d’Ivoire for further treatment.
Mills and other members of the Executive Mansion Press Corps got injured on Sunday, February 10, 2019, when a car transporting former Solicitor General and former Associate Justice, Cllr. Micah Wilkins Wright, “intruded into the presidential motorcade” around Donfa near former President Charles Taylor’s Super Market, a statement from the Executive Mansion said.
According to an Executive Mansion statement, doctors at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center referred Gabriel Mills for further treatment. Learning of the need for his medical referral, President Weah facilitated Gabriel’s overseas treatment, including travel and medical costs.
Another staff of the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs, Gabriel Wilson popularly known as “Executive Horn,” and a lady identified as Victoria Wlue, who was riding in Justice Wright’s vehicle, died at the Phebe Hospital where they were rushed for treatment.
The late Gabriel Wilson was a traditional horn blower to the President. He was recruited by President Samuel K. Doe in Maryland County in the early 1980s for the trade.
Several others were injured, among them were four persons, who have been treated and discharged.
Weah conveyed his sympathies to the families of the bereaved and empathized with the injured.
Even though, the country’s health system is at near collapse owing to underfunding, President Weah reiterated the government’s commitment to ensuring that all those injured receive the best treatment possible. He did not say from which of the health facilities.
The Liberia National Police is said to be continuing its investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident, but initial reports by the police said Cllr. Wright and his driver were under the influence of alcohol. The police report failed to state to what extent was their alleged drunkenness that resulted to the accident since the Presidential van was reportedly speeding in the opposite direction of Mr. Wright vehicle which was en-route from Ganta, Nimba County.
Wright is yet to speak on the accident as he remains confined to his hospital bed at JFK, where his driver also reportedly received treatment while in handcuffed to his bed. Meanwhile, eyewitnesses have informed this newspaper that the Presidential Press vehicle had lagged behind the convoy and was speeding to catch-up with the convoy that had left Gbarnga, where the President went to attend the Liberia Conference of the United Methodist Church convention.
In a related Development, the Mansion Executive Protection Service (EPS), an elite presidential guard service, reiterated earlier warnings against the illegal intrusion into the Presidential motorcade as this poses serious danger to the safety of those on-board, including the President.
The ministry says further investigation by the Police and EPS officers into the matter is ongoing.