A day after the Supreme Court ordered the immediate arrest and imprisonment of the Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), Madam Elfreida Stewart-Tamba, her whereabouts remain unknown, court officials said.
The Supreme Court Justice-In-Chambers, Kabineh Ja’neh, on Wednesday, ordered Madam Tamba and some of her principal deputies, including Assistant Commissioner for Human Resource, Joyce Johnson-Dolo, to be arrested.
The High Court’s arrest order was due to Commissioner Tamba’s continued refusal to reinstate ten employees who were transferred from the Ministry of Finance to the LRA after the court gave her 30 days to do so.
Justice Ja’neh said further that the arrest warrant for the top LRA officials was due to their failure to honor a Notice of Assignment filed against them by the dismissed employees.
The LRA officials also failed to appear before the court, resulting in Justice Ja’neh ordering the high court’s senior marshal or his deputy to have them arrested and detained on Wednesday, November 25.
Up to press time last night, Tamba had reportedly not turned herself in to the High Court, but when her office was contacted earlier yesterday via mobile phone by the Daily Observer, Director of Public Affairs, Trokon Tarr, revealed that his boss had left the country to attend a conference in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He did not say which conference the commissioner was attending in that country.
A legal expert who spoke with this newspaper said “Commissioner Tamba’s action was totally unacceptable and disrespectful” to the High Court.
“Wherever she may be, upon her arrival she will be arrested because she has committed criminal contempt, and she needs to suffer the consequences,” the lawyer added.