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An associate of Nigerian President Buhari arrested for corruption

An associate of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was arrested in a sting operation in Abuja after he failed to appear before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to clarify some receipts. Lawal Jafaru Isa is the first chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress to be taken into custody by the anti-corruption agency since it launched an investigation into the alleged diversion of $2 billion by former national security adviser Sambo Dasuki, local media reported. Isa, a retired brigadier general and former military governor of northern Kaduna state, was asked…

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Op-ed 

Liberia Indicted Port Manager Matilda Parker Dismissed

The suspended Managing Director of the National Port Authority (NPA) Matilda Parker has finally been dismissed by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. She was suspended in April 2015 following allegation into payment of over US$800,000 to a company purported to have won a lucrative dredging contract. Matilda Parker and comptroller Christina Paelay were charged with economic sabotage, criminal conspiracy and theft of property by the Liberian government. The case was recently suspended after counsels for defendants made a request for comptroller Christina Paelay to seek medication due to poor health. The request…

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Op-ed Politics 

Liberian Speaker Alex Tyler Indicted for Corruption Throw Jibs At Graft Institutions

During the close of the 53rd Session of the 53rd Legislature on Thursday, October 15, 2015, one of the issues that may have attracted public attention was the warning to anti-graft institutions in the country by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, J. Alex Tyler. He strongly warned integrity and anti-graft institutions against what he referred to as politicking and focus on their work, stressing that these institutions must remain within the framework of the law. Though Speaker Tyler mentioned no names, among the major integrity and anti-graft institutions…

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Kofi Woods Challenge President Sirleaf Govt To Take him to Court

M O N R O V I A—Woods is challenging the government of Liberia to take him to court to enable him answer to his stewardship at the Public Works Ministry. Said Woods: “I therefore challenge the government to do what is right, take me to a court of competent jurisdiction to answer for my stewardship”. The human rights lawyer indicated that he is grateful that Liberia is reaching a point where the culture of impunity will be addressed by officials accounting for their actions. “I am grateful that we…

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Artists & Reviews 

Liberian Legislature: GREEDY PENSION BILL Deserves Presidential Veto

WHEN LAWMAKERS elected by the people of Liberia continue to use and abuse their powers through submission and passages of insensitive and outrageous legislations to better their own lives at the expense of those who elected them, the presidency must do what is right as the last hope for those languishing at the bottom of the economic ladder. THIS IS WHY we welcome reports emanating out of the Executive Mansion that President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is contemplating vetoing the controversial pension bill which has been languishing on her desk for several…

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News 

Matilda Parker 1.2 million Dollars Bond Challenged

The Government prosecutors have challenged the validity of the US$1.2 million criminal appearance bond filed on behalf of the suspended Managing Director of the National Port Authority (NPA) and her Comptroller by Family Dollar Universal Insurance Service (FDUIS). The Government of Liberia recently indicted Matilda Parker and her Comptroller, Christiania Kpabar, along with Deneah M. Flomo of the Denear Enterprise for economic sabotage, theft of property and criminal conspiracy. The prosecuters led by the Solicitor-General of Liberia, Cllr. Betty Lamin-Blamo, filed the exception to the criminal appearance bond for the…

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Charges Against Oil Company ‘BRIBERY’ Indictees Dropped

The Editor, Doesn’t the Justice Ministry’s gross incompetence warrants its elimination? We all know that 99.9999 percent of Liberian officials are nothing but scoundrels! Stealing, it seems is a natural gift for govt officials The Ministry can’t even prosecute the few of those that are caught by the General Auditing Commission (GAC), Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), and the Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC), because the capacity to do so has not been created by the current enabling environment under the Up-led govt. So how can you justified the continued existence…

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Politics Sports 

Like FIFA’s Sepp Blater: LFA’s Musa Bility must be investigated

By Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh Public corruption is a huge problem in Liberia, even in Liberian football. The Liberian Football Association (LFA), which is a part of the Liberian political, cultural and social landscape, is no exception regarding the issue of rampant corruption that enveloped the entire country over the years. Liberians (God, bless their forgiving, loving and tolerant hearts), in the midst of enormous suffering are aware of corruption and the gross inequality they’ve encountered and experienced in their own country. Liberians are also aware of the endless stories of corruption…

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News 

President Nominee For Sinoe Sup. Put On Hold Amidst Corruption Charges

By. P.Oxford Brown MONROVIA—The Senate Committee on Internal Affairs has placed a hold on the confirmation hearing of Sinoe County Superintendent-designate, nominated by President Sirleaf due to corruption charges being levied against by the Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC). The decision was taken last week following concerns raised by Rivercess County Senator Dallas Gueh about Quiah’s alleged misapplication of over US$800,000 from the Sinoe County Social Development Funds.The fund in Liberia has sen widespread abuse from county officials and legislators. Gueh pointed out that the “nominee, as alleged, lacks public trust…

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Op-ed 

Sherman Wants Teeth for LACC

Mr. Editor, Counselor Harry Varney Gboto Nambi Back Scratcher Sherman claims that the Act to establish the Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) has “NO teeth”, but should we uncritically accept Counselor Sherman’s assertion (claim) that the LACC “has no teeth”?  Please….(Re “Sherman Wants Teeth for LACC”, Liberian Observer Online) Assuming that the Harvard Law School graduate (Varney Sherman) has done his homework and read the Act, let’s look at the it (Act), shall we? Section 11.1 of the Liberian Anti-Corruption Act states that “The prosecution of cases of corruption shall be…

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