Call Mike Jabateh to Order, Mr. President!

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Mike Jabateh: “If anything happens to any Mandingo person in Ganta, some of us will sacrifice our lives to go and die with them."

The ugly incidents of violence in Nimba County arising from a land dispute is a matter that should claim the urgent attention of this government. From the look of things, the matter appears to have taken an ethnic twist pitching Manos and Gios against Mandingos.

The land dispute in Ganta which flared up into violence is a matter that has lingered for long without resolution. It underscores the urgent need for government to come to grips with the problem of brewing conflicts over land.

The arson attack on the warehouse in Ganta came in the wake of the Supreme Court decision affirming that the Suah family was/is legally entitled to the land in question.

Currently tensions are running high in Ganta and there are fears that the situation could easily degenerate into full-blown conflict between Manos and Gios with a deadly spillover potential.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in its Final Report (2009) singled out land dispute as a potential conflict driver which needed urgent national attention. However, those recommendations were conveniently ignored by the last government.

The case of the land dispute in Ganta was a matter which had been brewing for some time. During the Sirleaf administration, several attempts were made to resolve the dispute. In the final analysis, President Sirleaf invoked the right of eminent domain without converting it to public use.

And the recent Court-sanctioned eviction exercise placing the property in the possession of the Suah family has left some members of the Donzo and Jabateh families enraged and are threatening a violent response.

One such individuals threatening violence is one Mike Jabateh. Dressed in camouflage fatigues, Jabateh spoke on a Facebook live video, vowing to die with his kinsfolk who he claims have been marginalized by this government.

Clearly these remarks are provocative and do not help the situation. Resorting to violence to assert acclaimed rights to land is a step in the wrong direction. It is because violence begets violence with a deadly potential to morph into full-blown conflict.

And when it does, all Liberians will become the ultimate losers. The experience of 14 years of war and civil strife should never be lost on us. Already tensions are inflamed with Gio and Mano youths gearing up for possible action. And talks of setting the Ganta mosque ablaze in retaliation for the arson attack on the warehouse, will serve to further inflame the situation.

But in the wake of this most recent development, there is a need for stocktaking. And such an exercise should include the Judiciary, given the barrage of accusations directed against the Chief Justice who Mike Jabateh claims had a sleight of hand in the Court’s decision awarding the land to the Suah family.

In this regard, we sound the warning that Liberia stands in grave danger of a relapse into conflict. This is because our institutions appear to be failing and the nation standing in grave danger of being torn apart at its seams.

A principal causal factor of this situation is impunity. Until the issue of impunity is firmly and squarely addressed, we could find ourselves in persistent conflict mode. Up till present for example, perpetrators of gross and egregious human rights abuse are going about their business while others of their ilk are in top political positions lording over the very people whose rights they abused and trampled over.

For instance, would senator Prince Johnson have stormed a polling station fully clad in military fatigues if he knew that there would be repercussions for his action? In similar vein would Jabateh, also clad in military fatigues, have posted such threats of violence on social media if he knew there would be repercussions for such foolhardy misadventure? Doubtless!

In face of these alarming developments, we cannot afford to remain indifferent and or complacent given the gravity of the situation. Those beating war drums have a motive.

From all indications it is because they have been the chief beneficiaries of war and instability. But the good people of Liberia should not allow this to happen. They must be resolute and adamant in demanding accountability for perpetrators of gross human rights abuse. Additionally, if the Sirleaf government did indeed declare the affected area an eminent domain, it is important to know whether adequate and just compensation was provided to those now affected by the eviction exercise.

Further, the law requires, in addition to fair and just compensation, that the land in question be applied to the use and benefit of the public. Perhaps this could be a way of defusing the tension and laying the matter to rest once and for all.

Finally, President Weah should call Mike Jabateh to order for the reckless posting on social media threatening a violent response to the eviction exercise as well as a threat to the life and safety of Chief Justice Korkpor. And he should do this sooner than later.

11 COMMENTS

  1. Call to order? NO!!!!!!
    Mike DIABATE and his crony on that video must be arrested for threatening the peace of Liberia and the life of the Chief Justice of Liberia. If NOT done, a bad precedent is set, even against the President of the Republic of Liberia.

  2. Only in Liberia. How dare Mike Jabeteh threaten the Chief Justice of Guinea; his homeland. He would be facing a long “JAIL TERM”; With hard [LABOR]. He should be held fully accountable, for threatening Liberia’s Chief Justice. Jabeteh is not above the supreme [LAWS] of Liberia. I strongly urge the MANDINGOES to categorically separate themselves from Jabeteh’s misguided conducts. It won’t help their case in Ganta, Liberia.

  3. By threatening to kill the Chief Justice of the Republic of Liberia, His Honor Francis Saye Korkpor, Mr. Mike Jabeteh and those in association with Mr. Mike Jabeteh, should be indicted, arrested, prosecuted, convicted and sentenced for the commission of the following crimes:

    1) § 14.24. Terroristic threats,

    A person is guilty of a felony of the third degree if he threatens to commit any crime of violence with the purpose to terrorize another or to cause evacuation of a building, place of assembly, or facility of public transportation, or otherwise to cause serious public inconvenience, or in reckless disregard of the risk of causing such terror or inconvenience.

    2) § 10.1. Criminal attempt.

    1. Offense. A person is guilty of criminal attempt if, acting with the kind of culpability otherwise required for commission of an offense, he purposely engages in conduct constituting a substantial step toward commission of the offense. A substantial step is any conduct, whether act, commission, or possession, which is strongly corroborative of the firmness of the actor’s intent to complete the commission of the offense. Factual or legal impossibility of commission of the offense is not a defense if the offense could have been committed had the attendant circumstances been as the actor believed them to be.

    Since Mr. Mike Jabeteh and his associates think and believe that they can threaten the life of the Chief Justice of the Republic of Liberia and walk free, the County Attorney of Montserrado County, Liberia’s Minister of Justice & Attorney General, and/or the Solicitor of the Republic need to swiftly arrest, indict, and prosecute Mike Jabeteh and his associates for knowingly and intentionally violating § 14.24 and § 10.1 of New Penal Law of Liberia.

    Absolutely, President George Manneh Weah, has no direct role to play in this matter.

  4. Police interrogation, confessions, and the right to counsel are what follows offenses affecting the administration of justice and public order.

    That is, whether the offenses or violations may be INTIMIDATION (THREAT), BREACH OF PEACE, OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT, CONTEMPT, EMBRACERY. BRIBERY, EXTORTION, FORGERY, PREJURY, OR OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE AND RELATED OFFENSES. etc. etc., THE OMNIPRESENSE OF EQUAL PROTECTION OF OR BEFORE THE LAW IS NON DISCRIMINATORY AND ETERNALLY INDOMITABLE!!!

    Now having pointed out the above, we must “fire“…What a reckless, irresponsible, and ignoramus, rant (headline and final statement) by this editor who lacks even the most elementary knowledge expected of an editor or a reporter viz law enforcement as it relates to this matter!!!

    Notwithstanding, my dear brother Frederick A.B. Jayweh, in as much as we

    (1) share a common ground viz the pecking order as it relates to this matter, and of course our natural disgust regarding a person communicating to another A THREAT to inflict physical harm on the person, commit murder, or any offenses against public peace, etc. etc., we are

    (2)wondering why some (including you my dear brother) have categorized similar threats as “FREE SPEECH“ as was the case with Mo Ali (of the Unity Party and the CPP) when he made the identical threats (AND IN FACT WHICH WERE CARRIED OUT) against another Justice of the very Supreme Court??? Or similar THREATS from the likes of Darius Dillon, Yekeh Kolubah, Dumoe, and the Portuguese fugitive Henrique Pedro Costa??? SO, ACCORDING TO “YOU PEOPLE“ SUCH THREATS WERE “FREE SPEECH“ RIGHTS BECAUSE SUCH THREATS CAME FROM THE OPPOSITION???

    WELL, THE OMNIPRESENSE OF EQUAL PROTECTION OF OR BEFORE THE LAW IS NON DISCRIMINATORY AND ETERNALLY INDOMITABLE!!!

  5. Come what may, unless and until Liberia’s Government step-forth and embraces the courage to establish a UN-backed War and Economic Crimes Court in Liberia to swiftly indict, arrest, and prosecute War and Economic Crimes, in accordance with and consistent with the Rome Statute and Liberia’s domestic Laws in Liberia, the Mike Jabateh, Prince Y. Johnson, Charles G. Taylor, George S. Boley, Alhaji G.V. Kromah, and their diehard disciples and foot-soldiers known and referred to as Generals in Liberia’s dreadful and disgraceful bloody war, (24 December 1989-22 August, 2003), will continue to threaten Liberia’s peace, security and hard-earned stability with impunity. Mike Jabateh, his associates, and no other Liberian need to be given the space to violate, § 14.24. Terroristic threats and§ 10.1. Criminal attempt of Liberia’s Penal Law and walk free.

    Enough, is enough! Let those that think that they can abuse and violate Liberia’s Laws and walk, be made to feel the full weight and punishment of our Law.

    • My dear brother Frederick A.B.Jayweh, THE ISSUE as you are aware, IS NOT about war crimes nor international criminal law. THE ISSUE is about FREE SPEECH RIGHTS!

      So, we ask you again, should FREE SPEECH RIGHTS be determined by ETHNICITY, RACE, ZIP CODE, GENDER, POLITICAL AFFILIATION, ETC. ETC. as indicatively reflective of your disposition and of others on this matter?

      What we mean is that when that Portuguese fugitive Henrique Pedro Costa, Yekeh Kolubah, Darius Dillon, etc. made the identical and even the worst of such THREATS, such threats according to you and others were a matter of their rights to free speech, since in fact, according to you and others, people making such threats are from the opposition.

      But because Mr. Mike Jabateh is not a Dillon, a Yekeh Kolubah, or a Portuguese fugitive Henrique Pedro Costa from their corrupt opposition, according to you people, and if we may quote you Mr. Frederick A.B. Jayweh, “Mr. Mike Jabeteh, should be indicted, arrested, prosecuted, convicted and sentenced for the commission of the following crimes.“

      WELL, AGAIN, MY DEAR BROTHER, THE OMNIPRESENSE OF EQUAL PROTECTION OF OR BEFORE THE LAW IS NON DISCRIMINATORY AND ETERNALLY INDOMITABLE!!!

      • What we mean is that when that Portuguese fugitive Henrique Pedro Costa, Yekeh Kolubah, Darius Dillon, Mo Ali the Fulani rascal etc. made the identical and even the worst of such THREATS, such threats according to you and others were a matter of their rights to free speech, since in fact, according to you and others, people making such threats are from the opposition.

  6. The Solicitor General of Liberia only able opposition figures. Ruling position can say or do anything in Liberia and go free.
    Let me dare him to arrest him; he is afraid of losing his job.

  7. All the noise people making on this platform about Mike Jabateh ‘terrorist act’, what about Yekeh Kolubah? Mr. Kolubah, a former fighter like Mike Jabateh been threatening anything WEAH for the past 36 months. All of you have kept silence. Look, we have to be very careful how we pick, choose and accused wrong doer in Liberia if we want lasting peace. The office of the Chief Justice and the President which deserves more protection? Those of you Liberians who want to be rational, should consider the threat to the President to be heavier than the chief justice.

    Some of you have witnessed time and time again seeing Mr. Kolubah disrupting senate hearings. Not one, not twice. Vulgarity-laced comments spewing out his mouth to the members of the chamber. Verbally threatening the president of the republic of Liberia.
    This is the time to condemn any act of violence, weather be it from Muslim, Christian, Poro, Mandingo, Lorma, Kpelle etc. If Mr. Kolubah cannot be arrested, why should Mike Jabateh be arrested? You guys are Joking! One-sided condemnation cannot bring lasting peace to Liberia.
    PLEASE CALL MR. YEKEH KOLUBAH TO ORDER. Politicizing commendation is a dangerous recipe for CHAOS.
    Mike Jabateh has followers as much as Yekeh Kolubah does. Both men fought during the war on opposing sides.
    RATIONALS LIBERIANS, when the NPFL starting killing Mandingos and Muslims with no justification, it is what created people like Mike Jabateh, LURD, ULIMO-k . Have we forgotten?

  8. Oh yes Concerned Nimbian, such yellow journalism HEADLINE as “Liberia National Bar Association Condemns Death Threat…“ from FrontPageAfrica (April 30, 2021) and such tabloid as “Call Mike Jabateh to Order, Mr. President! supra,“ from Daily Observe ARE EXACTLY WHAT such NEWS OUTLETS paid by the highest bidder survive on.

    As chief assailants of truth, professionalism, and principles, these editors and reporters of Frontpageafrica and Daily Observer have their accomplices viz such disgusting recklessness, smelly lawlessness, and chronicly unprincipled mentalities in the persons of Tiawen Gongloe, Kofi Woods, etc. (hypocritically using the LNBA as a mask for their lawlessness) disgracing themselves by now making clear that

    (1) according to their DOUBLE STANDARD, UNPRINCIPLED, CORRUPT, DULL AND LAWLESS MENTALITIES that the recent death threats made on the life of Associate Justice Joseph Nagbe by that Fulani terrorist Mo Ali, threats which were followed by the very violent terrorist acts threatened by Mo Ali were simply “a matter of freedom of opinion and freedom of speech“, but

    (2) the very threats from Mike Jabateh against Chief Justice Korkpor are now all of a sudden “threats against the rule of and the entire legal fraternity of Liberia“. But..

    (3) all those treasonous, seditious, and terrorist threats AGAINST ALL OF THE JUSTICES OF THE SUPREME COURT, THE PRESIDENT, AND THE ENTIRE NATION from that TERORIST Fulani irresponsible and pedophile like Mo Ali, that rebel mentality Yekeh Kolubah, that thief and corrupt high school drop out Darius Dillon, and that Portuguese fugitive Henrique Pedro Costa are simply an “exercise of freedom of speech and freedom of opinion.“

    AND THESE ARE THE UNPRINCIPLED DULLARDS AND ASSAILANTS OF THE RULE OF LAW WHO WANT TO RUN THE AFFAIRS OF COUNTRY AFTER 2029. NEVER! THEY SHALL NEVER SEE IT! WE TOLD OTHERS THIS, AND THEY HAVE NOW REALIZED THEY MISCONSTRUED SUCH WARNING AT THEIR OWN POLITICAL PERIL!

  9. To all RATIONAL LIBERIANS.
    Concern Nimbian has spoken the truth.

    “When NPFL started killing Mandingos and Muslims with no justification, it was what created people like Mike Jabateh, LURD, ULIMO-K”.

    A very courageous line by a rational thinker.
    If we will achieve lasting peace in Liberia, we should not pick and choose in accusing wrong doers. A threat from Yekeh Koulubah and Christian is dangerous as threats from any other Liberian.
    What brought lasting peace to Rwanda today, is because the Rwandese were Willing to bring everyone who participated in the 1994 genocide to justice. Even the catholic priest was brought to book.

    One thing I m noticing in Liberia, is once one has Muslim background and associated with crime, his/her crime become heavier than anyone else. This is a very dangerous precedent. If we want peace, as we claimed, let everyone be judged equally. If not, instability is LURKING right behind the corner.

    Manepaikeh Flomolon.

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