Who Threw Bombs at NEC Headquarters?

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Burnt pick-p in the garage after the arson attack

Authorities at the National Elections Commission (NEC) and staff woke up yesterday to the news of an arson attack on the zinc roofed garage of its headquarters, with vehicles and some other valuables completely damaged.

According to details from the Commission’s Communications Department, the incident occured at 10:30 p.m on Monday, March 15, 2021.

“The Commission says unknown persons threw petrol bombs on the compound of the NEC Headquarters which set ablaze a double cabin pickup, marked LB-6868 and the zinc garage,” Prince Dunbar, a staff of NEC’s Communication Department, said in a statement issued.

Dunbar added that a preliminary investigation from NEC’s security guards and officers of the Liberia National Police assigned at the Commission has established that, apart from the petrol bomb that exploded, two additional unexploded petrol bombs were found near the NEC fence on the 10th Street side.

“It is not known who might be responsible for the attack on the Commission, but the Board of Commissioners is worried about what has begun and will lend all its support to the security apparatus as they further investigate and employ efforts to bring the perpetrators to book,” Prince said.

He estimated he cost of the damage to about US$45,000.

The acting Communications Director at the NEC said the Liberia National Police (LNP) has called on the Commission to further beef up its security at the headquarters and for strict measures and vigilance.

When contacted via phone, Moses Carter, head of Communications at the LNP, said the investigation is still ongoing and findings will be brought to the public through the media when they are available.

“We have established that an arson attack by the use of petrol bomb has taken place on the premises of the NEC. But for now, we have not arrested any perpetrator. We are making frantic efforts and the moment we arrest whoever is reponsible, the public will know as justice is served,” Carter said as he hanged off the phone.

Threats of all kinds are usually made by disenchanted supporters of political parties. The attack on the Commission’s headquarters comes amid complaints and disenchantments arising over results of the December 8, 2020 special senatorial election that are still contested in the Supreme Court and before the NEC Board of Commissioner.

While the investigation is still ongoing, some aggrieved supporters of Brownie Samukai, Lofa County Senator-elect, are quoted in a recent artile published by the Daily Observer with the headline, “Samukai’s Supporters Gear Up for Actions If…” In said publication, a young man named Alphonso Ben said he is ready to give up everything, including his life, to make sure that NEC certificates J. Brownie Samukai, who won the popular vote in Samukai County.

Several other young people were seen the early hours of that day protesting at the NEC headquarters threatening that NEC would not have it easy once they continue to delay the certification of their Senator-elect.

The disenchantment from the youth and several others supporting one or two politicians has grown over the months, mainly by the extreme delay in handling of cases at NEC as well as some of the decisions reached as conclusions of some post-election disputes.

The disenchanted supporters have raised up their voices and accused both the NEC and the Supreme Court of having become ‘regime collaborators’, instead of independent integrity institutions working for the common good of society.

It can be recalled that Associate Justice Joseph Nagbe also recently experienced a petrol bomb attack at his home.

10 COMMENTS

  1. If this terrorist act was carried out by Samukai’s supporters, I condemn it and call upon them to be calm. Samulkai will be certificated, do not worry. You are taking on the wrong people. Also, violence in any form or shape is not tolerable in the new Liberia we envisage.

    Allow the legal process to take its course, I beg you my people!

  2. One would say it will be unfair to blame any member of the CPP or the Samukai’s rebellious group for the petrol bomb thrown at NEC office yes, that is true, but the question remains who has been in deep confrontation with NEC and making threatening remarks if Samukai is not certificated? All other cases that are before NEC are being adjudicated in keeping with the laid down rules governing our election disputes. This is a threat from them to allow NEC to succumb to them but they are being very naïve and foolish, NEC has never refused to certificate him, in fact, NEC was the one who said Samukai has won the election of Lofa and therefore will be issued his certificate, so why are they attacking NEC. It is one of the opposition members in SIMEON FREEMAN who had filed a writ of prohibition on his certification. But we watching how this all will play out.

  3. Under no circumstances should we tolerate such evil and terroristic acts perpetrated by individuals bent on disturbing the little peace and tranquility that is being enjoyed in Liberia today. Liberia should not be a place for such a violent act. We have suffered too long from violent acts carry out during the civil war and please, we should not revert to those terrifying days. I strongly condemn this act and hope the perpetrators can be caught and brought to justice. All pollical institutions should also condemn this act to show the perpetrators that this is an unacceptable behavior and we do not support such terrorizing violence and behavoir. Liberia needs peace so that we can begin to develop our country for those coming after us.

  4. The LNP, NSA, or whoever concern security apparatus should do all they can to bring those responsible to facing the fullest extent of the law. This act of hooliganism is a serious threats to our Justice system putting the lives and the civil liberty’s of our judicial system into danger.Liberia is now getting more cognizance internationally in term of practicing good governance, no one will bypass our justice system for any other reason; Justice will impartially take its course on any one that went against his or her fellow Liberian or against the state.

    We have had many election disputes event presidential election, but such unpatriotic behavior never happened to the commission, this time around due to the involvement of some unscrupulous, crimeinal and barbaric individual into the little senatorial election, we are experience unusual violence in our country. But I have the Strong conviction that the Honorable commissioners are professional people, and they are psychologically strong to deal with any external forces in the discharged of their duties. No amount of intimidation would override our system Justice.

    This act of aggression against the state property and endangering the lives of state personnel is totally unacceptable and is condemned to the highest degree.

  5. God forbid it, nobody is endorsing violence in Liberia. However, Weah’s government had been forewarned on several occasions to desist from acts that would eventually radicalize some elements of the opposition or even elements within his own CDC party who maybe feeling that he is not taking enough draconian measures to derail democratic reforms in the country.

    A believe does exist that on a level playing field, the CDC would be incapable of winning a presidential election for the second time, or winning would only be possible if it annuls many of Liberia’s democratic gains, intensify the continuity of sanctioned murders, and abrogate the laws that empower autonomous agencies such as the NEC to function without duress or interference from Weah’s political operatives.

    In a toxic political environment such as this, disenchantment may arise from any direction. Statements purported to have emanated from some of Samukai’s supporters could have been a mere show and not enough to implicate anyone to the commission of this act without the proper evidence.

    All things considered, the ball is in the court of the CDC led government to decide Liberia’s course with regards to the path it wishes to chart to ensure the sovereignty and the maintenance of peace, law and order under its democracy, to protect the integrity of the electoral process, and respect all constitutional mandates that guard against the stifling of the people’s various rights and freedoms.

    Sir Isaac Newton’s third law dictates: “…For every action an equal and opposite reaction exists.” I hope as these equal and opposite reactions unfold under the Weah’s regime, they would be amicably resolved.

    • Any attack whether on state or private property is a crime and must be condemned entirely.
      While the Government and people of Liberia investigate the reported act of terrorism, I want to believe that the premises of the National Elections Commission (NEC) enjoy the safety and protection of State or Private Security officers. Liberians must encourage the GOL to thoroughly investigate the act of terrorism on the the premises of NEC and Mr. Justice Joseph N. Nagbe’s home. Public and private security guards/officers assigned to and on duty at Mr. Justice Nagbe and NEC’s premises when this act of terrorism happened, need to also be investigated. No Liberian, whether for religious or political reason (s) has the right to commit the act of terrorism anywhere in Liberia. We condemn the all acts of terrorism in Liberia.

  6. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !
    Who ? Look no further than the regime that hopes to put intimidate and put fear in the people at the Commission. Fear in that that their houses or properties are of no limit to the political electoral related violence. Especially so, when the regime has it mind made of not to see Samukai takes his seat.
    Then how about the Justice Nagbe ? Look no further than the regime has to do what it has to do. And that is what ? That is to, make an example of Justice Nagbe to the full bench that once agreed to have the Commission certified Samukai’s position as Senator.
    Don’t want to believe that ? Then why would the supporters go after the Supreme Court that for all reasons failed to stop the candidacy of Samukai ? Even when the Court was aware that he was convicted of a crime, yet refused to go hard on the guy. Instead giving the green light to the Commissioner to go ahead with the certification. Why would supporters of Samukai try to intimidate the Justices and put fear in their minds ?
    Fear that the Justices will changed their minds, is the reason supporters would go after the Justices ?
    Remember that it was supporters of Samukai that were politically protesting in front of the Commission. A window of opportunity for the regime to blame CPP or supporters of Samukai for the petrol bomb. They were the people protesting at the Commission.
    But could it be the supporters ? Or someone or people who are desperately determined not to see Samukai become Senator ? And there are many political actors, including the regime.
    The regime has gotten rid of some of the best brains at the revenue authority. The lost of brains that for now have a serious impact on how revenues are accounted for. That meant nothing to the regime at all. That a damaged pickup truck or building that will mean something to the regime, through their clandestine efforts ? They were out to intimidate, and to remind them of their personal properties too.
    Now, what political election related violence has the Ministry of Justice ever solved ? None . Everyone involved with the Samukai’s episode or saga or its twist and turn, are suspects. Including the CDC regime of George.
    They too have motives, not to see Samukai become Senator at all means necessary.
    Once there were protest in the streets against the Commission, there is a political window of opportunity to blame the protesters.
    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !

  7. Any attack whether on state or private property is a crime and must be condemned entirely.
    While the Government and people of Liberia investigate the reported act of terrorism, I want to believe that the premises of the National Elections Commission (NEC) enjoy the safety and protection of State or Private Security officers. Liberians must encourage the GOL to thoroughly investigate the act of terrorism on the the premises of NEC and Mr. Justice Joseph N. Nagbe’s home. Public and private security guards/officers assigned to and on duty at Mr. Justice Nagbe and NEC’s premises when this act of terrorism happened, need to also be investigated. No Liberian, whether for religious or political reason (s) has the right to commit the act of terrorism anywhere in Liberia. We condemn the all acts of terrorism in Liberia.

  8. Starting with all private and State’s Security Guards/Officers assigned to and on duty at the home of Mr. Justice Nagbe and at the premises of the National Elections Commission (NEC) when this act of terrorism happened, need to thoroughly and swiftly be cited and investigated by the GOL to establish their actual location (s) and what they know or might not know about this heinous crime committed on the premises of NEC and at the home of Mr. Justice Nagbe.

  9. STRANGE THINGS ARE HAPPENING IN LIBERIA

    Come what may, Mr. J. Brownie Samukai, Joseph P. Johnson, and James Nyuman Dokor decisively chose to convict themselves of the crime of property theft in the name of appreciating and protecting Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her Government. In their separate and collective defense, defendants Samukai, Johnson, and Dorkor confessed to having taken and applying the US$1.4 million for which they were charged but claimed that they did so on the instructions and orders of Mr. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of the Republic of Liberia. But, defendants Samukai, Johnson, and Dokor neglected and materially failed to support their claim by producing the written order or instruction issued by Mrs. Johnson Sirleaf. Due to this substantial neglect and failure, Criminal Court “C,” believing that defendants Samukai, Johnson, and Donkor’s allegation was not credible and backed by the required evidence, convicted them of property theft.

    To this judgment, defendants Samukai, Johnson, and Dorkor took exception and announced an appeal to the Republic of Liberia’s Supreme Court. The Criminal Court “C” granted their request, and the judgment of Court “C” and all other actions appertaining thereto were suspended by Court “C” pending the hearing and outcome of their appeal. After presenting arguments, the Supreme Court of the Republic of Liberia upheld and affirmed Criminal Court “C’s judgment.” With modification, the Supreme Court of the Republic of Liberia ordered defendants Samukai, Johnson, and Dorkor to restitute 50% of the US$1.4 million in the space of 6 months or be imprisoned as sentenced by Criminal Court “C.” This order ended the Property Theft indictment case instituted by Liberia’s Government against defendants Samukai, Johnson, and Dokor.

    In the space of a week after the Supreme Court of the Republic of Liberia upheld and sustained the judgment of Criminal Court “C,” the Court in another decision confirmed and affirmed that Mr. J. Brownie Samukai won the senatorial election conducted in Lofa County by the National Elections Commission (NEC). A mandate to that effect to enforce the Supreme Court of the Republic of Liberia’s final judgment was prepared and served on the National Elections Commission. The same day after the Supreme Court’s mandate was served on the National Elections Commission (NEC), its Board of Commissioners went ahead and set the necessary date to certificate and seat Mr. J. Brownie Samukai, Senator-Elect of Lofa County, Republic of Liberia.

    Just before the National Elections Commission (NEC) could certificate and seat Mr. Samukai, the Party, Movement for Progressive Change (MPC), filed a petition for a writ of prohibition to prevent the certification and seating of Mr. J. Brownie Samukai as Senator of Lofa County.

    What standing or legal authority has Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) to sue and stop the certification and seating of Mr. J. Brownie Samukai, Senator-Elect of Lofa County, Liberia? Is a justice in chambers presiding of the Supreme Court in Liberia vested with the authority to issue a writ of prohibition to hear, and set aside the Supreme Court’s mandate and revise the final judgment of the full bench of the Supreme of the Republic?

    Under our law, practice, and tradition, no justice presiding in the Supreme Court’s chambers has the power to review and undo the Supreme Court’s decision. More besides, since MPC is not an agent of Liberia, it has no standing or legal authority to sue to prevent the certification and seating of Mr. J. Brownie Samukai, Senator-elect of Lofa County.

    To challenge the enforcement of the final judgment and mandate of the Supreme Court, a litigant can only come before the Court by preparing and filing a bill of information. Prohibition being a writ intended to prevent a wrong that is in the process to be done or undo a wrong already done, prohibition is the wrong and inappropriate proceeding to bring to block the enforcement of the final judgment and mandate of the Supreme Court of the Republic Liberia. As a Country, Liberia and its people fought nearly 15 years of war and lost roughly 300,000 lives and people and properties were destroyed to uphold and sustain the Rule of Law and ensure equal justice in Liberia. Liberia and our people cannot afford to allow politics to overburden and seize control of the respected corridor of the impartial and unequivocal application of equal justice in the Republic of Liberia.

    STRANG THINGS MUST NOT BE ALLOWED TO HAPPEN IN LIBERIA. Before the end of 2020, Mr. Albert K. Peters, Gifty Lama, George Fahnboto, Emmanuel B. Nyesuwa, and Matthew Innis were reported abducted, tortured, and murdered under mysterious and unexplained circumstances. The Supreme Court of the Republic of Liberia affirmed the guilty judgment of Criminal Court “C.” It mandated that defendants Samukai, Johnson, and Dorkor to restitute 50% of the US$1.4 million of the decision of conviction rendered by Criminal Court “C.” The Supreme Court did so without preventing the certification and seating of Mr. J. Brownie Samukai as Senator of Lofa County. Why is MPC and its officials seeking Prohibition now?

    Movement for Progressive Change (MPC), not having the standing or the right to sue, has petitioned the Supreme Court of the Republic of Liberia to prohibit the certification and seating of Mr. J. Brownie Samukai. Mr. Justice Joseph N. Nagbe, presiding in Chambers, has reportedly ordered issued the writ of prohibition to prevent Mr. J. Brownie Samukai’s s certification and seating as Senator elected of Lofa County. Since Mr. Justice Nagbe issued the writ intended to bar Mr. J. Brownie Samukai, he and his Counsel are bound to appeal to the full bench of the Supreme Court to contest the speculative and frivolous petition filed by Movement For Progressive Change (PMC).
    Lately, there are reports that EPS officer Melvin Early took his own life by the Executive Protection Service’s leadership (EPS). Today, the officer’s family members are disputing this account and alleged that their son, officer Early, was executed. A week ago, the lifeless bodies of a 46-year-old woman and young man appeared discovered on the SKD Blvd and pipeline Road, Paynesville City, Montserrado County.

    Of late, the Premises of Mr. Justice Joseph N. Nagbe and the National Elections Commission (NEC) were reportedly attacked and separately bombed. To-date, no Liberian knows who committed these horrible acts of terrorism.

    While we strongly condemn these acts of terrorism in Liberia, we must note that these are strange and unexplained things happening in Liberia which don’t suit Liberia’s safety, security, image and integrity as the oldest Republic in Africa.

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