“The culture of impunity has emboldened criminals in government and in the corridors of power to new heights of violence and crime, fully aware that they will not face justice anytime soon under the Weah regime because the perverse President of Liberia champions impunity, supports injustice and will not bring his henchmen to justice…” Cllr Jerome J. Verdier, Sr (Cllr), Executive Director, IJG
The International Justice Group (IJG) based in Washington DC has issued a statement condemning the rising tide of violence and heinous crimes occurring regularly in the Country and blames President Weah for the volatile situation because he is not doing much to address the situation and has not spoken out forcefully against these crimes committed by his hired hands or supporters.
This hypocrisy of a populist leader, now presiding over the systematic impoverishment of his people, and in a megalomaniacal fashion, basking in dictatorship and wreaking havoc, violence, and crime on his own unsuspecting people. This is a distasteful betrayal in the least, with gory tendency to reverse the democratic gains of the Liberian people through their perseverance, sweat, pains, toils, and blood.
The President’s indifference to pursuing justice and his nonchalant disposition to violent crimes against women points either to his acquiescence, tacit support for the crimes or that he sanctions the commission of these crimes.
The IJG Statement condemns these rising tides of violence and calls for swift investigations of these crimes to bring the perpetrators justice.
The IJG Statement strongly condemns the brutal attacks on fellow politician Talia Urey, as an act of thuggery, political intimidation, and attempted murder much like the alleged rape, assault and attempted murder of Ms. Justina Taylor. The IJG Statement noted that violent interferences with the public space and free speech is a conscious threat to our notions of democracy and human rights, which must be stopped. The IJG statement calls on President Weah to take progressive actions to arrest the situation which is eroding his credibility, undermining his authority and legitimacy as a leader and shattering his popular mandate as “man of the people”.
IJG Investigation: Charge, Prosecute Jefferson Koijee et al for Attempted Murder
The IJG Statement disclosed that its investigation has revealed that Acting City Mayor, Jefferson Koijee in concert with the CDC Party Leadership and the entire top and middle-level staff of the National Security Agency (NSA) are coordinating serial attacks against innocent civilians and are encouraging President George Weah to purchase armor (war) tanks for use against his own people.
Jefferson Koijee, it is established, recruited Wolubah Kesselie, an inmate at the Monrovia Central Prison for armed robbery, released him and used him along with some agents of the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) who tortured, viciously assaulted, raped and brutalized Justina Taylor, and left her to die from her physical and psychological wounds in that hapless, helpless state, the crime of attempted murder they have committed and for which they must be so prosecuted. For additional information.
The Strike Force
The Government of President Weah, it is learned, has instituted an ignoble body to supervise Mr. Jefferson Koijee and his group. The so-called Strike Force comprises CDC and Government stalwarts. Members of the Strike Force include:
- Hon Mulbah Morlu – CDC Party Chairman
- Hon Peso Saydee Tarr – Minister for Gender
- Hon Acarious Gray – Member, House of Representative
- Hon Jefferson Koijee – Acting Mayor, Monrovia City Government
- Hon Marcus Zehyoue – Deputy Director for Administration, DEA
- Hon Lorenzo Pelham – Deputy Director for Operations, DEA
- Hon Gerald F Smith – Deputy Director/Administration, NSA
- Hon Jones Blamo – Deputy Director/VIP Affairs, NSA
- Hon Sam Saryon – Deputy Director/Special Operations, NSA
- Hon Edward Sharpe – Deputy Director/Planning, Research, Analysis, NSA
- Hon Todd Garlo – Asst. Director for Administration, NSA
- Hon Nige Appleton – Asst. Director/ VIP Affairs, NSA
- Hon Emmanuel Jackson – Asst. Director/ Planning, Research & Analysis
- Hon Stephen Dolo – Director for Field Operations, NSA
- Hon Oforie Diah – Director for Leward Counties
Apart from reactivating deactivated ex-combatants the Honorable President, His Excellency George M Weah has embarked on a long term strategy to consolidate power, undermine the independence of the other two coordinating and equal branches of government, suppressing free speech and political expression to ensuring his dominant rule by fear, intimidation and coercion of the opposition into submission to hold onto power for 27 years by any means necessary, not excluding the use of brute force.
Implementing All TRC Recommendations
Implementing all recommendations of the TRC, especially the establishment of the Extraordinary Criminal Tribunal for War and Economic Crimes in Liberia as emphasized by US House Resolution 1055 is the inescapable precondition for sustainable peace, unity, security, and reconciliation in Liberia.
The IJG statement is urging all officials of government, including both elected and appointed members of government to become seized of their responsibilities as servants of the people to read the TRC Report and become aware of the burning issues confronting the people so that, rather than consolidating power for selfish gains, they will equate power to serve and lead the people to higher heights that we all can be proud of.
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Main photo: Former TRC Chair Jerome Verdier