Liberianlistener http://www.liberianlistener.com Sat, 25 Jan 2020 01:12:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.5 U20 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers: Liberia drowns Guinea 3-0 http://www.liberianlistener.com/2020/01/25/u20-womens-world-cup-qualifiers-liberia-drowns-guinea-3-0/ http://www.liberianlistener.com/2020/01/25/u20-womens-world-cup-qualifiers-liberia-drowns-guinea-3-0/#respond Sat, 25 Jan 2020 01:05:46 +0000 http://www.liberianlistener.com/?p=20064 It was an amazing weekend of football for Liberians on Sunday, January 19, after the U20 women’s national team secured a 3-0 victory their Guinean counterparts at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) in the ongoing FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup qualifiers. Blanco FC forward, Agatha Nimene scored a hat-trick to give Liberia an advantage ahead of the return leg in Conakry, Guinea.

The match, which was marked by an impressive turnout from football fans, saw Liberia taking the lead in the 18th minute through a free-kick that was superbly swung in by Agatha to get the spectators out of their seats.

However, Liberia utilized their attacks, with Agatha and Pauline Agbostou stacking from both ends. The second curtain raiser finally came after Agatha perfectly converted a spot-kick that resulted from a handball in Guinea’s penalty box. Despite the goals deficit, the visitors kept their composure but were unable to get a goal consolation.

Coach Robert Lartey’s girls finally closed things up by scoring from the spot for the second time, recording a hat-trick. The spot-kick was as a result of another handball committed in Guinea’s 18-yard box. Liberia will travel to Guinea for the return-leg that is expected to take place between January 31, to February 2, 2020. Culled Liberian Observer

Main Photo: Liberia U20 Team, Liberia Observer

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The Corona-Virus From China: A Potential Health Risk To Liberia, Africa http://www.liberianlistener.com/2020/01/25/the-corona-virus-from-china-a-potential-health-risk-to-liberia-africa/ http://www.liberianlistener.com/2020/01/25/the-corona-virus-from-china-a-potential-health-risk-to-liberia-africa/#respond Sat, 25 Jan 2020 00:38:09 +0000 http://www.liberianlistener.com/?p=20058
..Says Prominent Scientist Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan
Berlin – Infectious disease expert and prominent scientist, Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan has alerted the Liberian and other African governments of a potential public health threat due to the outbreak of new virus infection in China that is now spreading around the world. In a communication to the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) dated January 21, 2020, Dr. Nyan informed the public health institutes about “an outbreak of a Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the People’s Republic of China that has now killed 9 people and infected 440 people across mainland China.”He advised the Ministry of Health and the National Public Health Institutes of Liberia (NPHIL) to urgently “put in place preventive measures so as to arrest the spread of the virus which is emanating from China” and is rapidly spreading to other countries around the world. The communication further stated that “the virus has reached 5 countries, including the United States where the first confirmed case was announced on January 21, 2020, by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There are now 447 confirmed cases worldwide.”According to Dr. Nyan, “public health systems are still investigating to learn more about how this new virus spreads and the disease it causes,” mentioning further that the “initial findings suggest an animal-to-person transmission and a limited person-to-person spread through air droplets.”

“Infected patients present with classical influenza-symptoms (including fever, cough, and some breathing-difficulties) and a mild to severe pulmonary illness such as pneumonia that has resulted in 9 deaths in China to date,” he added. He noted that, “over the last two decades, China’s economic cooperation with African countries have seen an influx of travelers from China,” adding that, “infectious diseases travel as people travel. Hence, in view of the weak medical system in Liberia and other African countries, I proposed an immediate proactive approach aimed at erecting requisite preventive measures,” which include:

Insisting on travelers from China present a health certificate ruling out infection with the Wuhan coronavirus 2019 n-CoV.

Declaration of a cautious “Travel Warning to China” by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in consultation with the Ministry of Health for citizens wishing to travel to said destination;

Travelers from other countries, particularly those who transit through China be questioned on their health travel history as well as their human and animal contacts;

Immediately conducting training workshops for the entry ports and immigration border personnel to equip them with said preventive questionnaire and ability to recognize cases of travelers as well as recognize eminent health danger;

At best, establishing a nursing medical unit and diagnostic post at major ports of entry (e.g. the Roberts International Airport and National Port Authority, in the case of Liberia);

A clear pedagogic public health education exercises so as to educate the public about the virus, its transmission, health consequences, and applicable public health prevention methods.

Drawing lessons from the fight against the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa and measures put in place in its ongoing outbreak in the DRC Congo;

He noted that “in many developing countries (in Liberia, for example), healthcare systems remain weak and inadequate to handle a mass outbreak of infectious diseases in our already vulnerable and impoverished populations. Dr. Nyan said, “I stand ready to participate and voluntarily make any subsequent contribution at no cost in case the country needs my services.”

Dougbeh Nyan, a Liberian medical doctor, is the world-renowned scientist who invented the multiplex diagnostic test for infectious diseases (called, the Nyan-Test). The Nyan-Test detects and simultaneously identifies several inventions including, Ebola, Malaria, HIV, Influenza, Hepatitis viruses a whole lot of other infections. In 2018, he was awarded a United States Patent for his invention. Dr. recently conducted an infectious disease diagnostic workshop at the National Public Health Institutes in Liberia and lectures at various universities in Liberia and around the world.

Also a social activist, Dr. Nyan advocates for press and academic freedom, women’s rights, social-economic justice, good governance, and against corruption. He serves as an executive of the National Democratic Coalition of Liberia, the NDC, which is a coalition of social democratic parties.

Main Photo: Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan

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Sayma Syrenius Cephus: A Solicitor General or a Scam Genius? – 10 Hard Truths http://www.liberianlistener.com/2020/01/22/sayma-syrenius-cephus-a-solicitor-general-or-a-scam-genius-10-hard-truths/ http://www.liberianlistener.com/2020/01/22/sayma-syrenius-cephus-a-solicitor-general-or-a-scam-genius-10-hard-truths/#respond Wed, 22 Jan 2020 04:59:42 +0000 http://www.liberianlistener.com/?p=20055

The new Solicitor General (SG) of Liberia is a full package of fraud who has zero reputation. The SG has a stamp of scam on his forehead and he carries baggage of blemish on his back. Cllr. Sayma Syrenius Cephus has become an infamous henchman for CDC and president GMW.

The fact is, this ‘hit-man’ is a bona fide rascal with a felonious past. Cephus, a maestro hustler, epitomizes blackmail and scheme. He is a byproduct of THE LEGAL PROFESSION who lacks every ounce of integrity and moral decency to even preside as Solicitor General of Liberia.

Is Syrenius Cephus really a Solicitor General (SG) or a Scam Genius (SG)? The latter would suffice in my opinion. Here are 10 reasons or hard truths about why Cllr. Sayma Syrenius Cephus is a ‘Scam Genius’:

1. Syrenius Cephus was involved in a gold scandal (selling fake gold to clients). He was arrested, charged, and handcuffed when Cllr. Samuel Jacobs was serving as County Attorney and Cllr. M. Wilkins Wright as Solicitor General.

2. The Supreme Court suspended ‘Scam Genius’ Syrenius Cephus from practicing law for 3 months (April 7, 2015 – July 7, 2015) after he was found guilty of misconduct and for misleading his clients. The Court described his action as “contemptuous” and “grave”.

3. Cephus was arrested and jailed on charges of sedition, criminal libel, and malevolence in December 2009 after accusing ex-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of supplying arms to dissident forces in Guinea. He spewed out such wild claim and bald-faced lie in an effort to extort.

4. While serving as Publisher, ‘The Plain Truth Newspaper’ owned and operated by Sayma Syrenius Cephus, was propaganda machinery primarily used to blackmail and extort money from prominent and reputable characters. The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) even suspended Cephus for unethical practices contrary to the canons of journalism. His “Plain Truth Newspaper” has been DEAD for more than a decade now.

5. Cephus has been hooked several times in cases of ‘Conflict of Interest’ especially ones involving scandals and duplicities. Lately, he served as the lead lawyer of Sable Mining CEO Andrew Grove after CEO Grove was indicted for bribery and economic sabotage by a grand jury in June 2016. When Cephus became Solicitor General in July 2019, all charges were clandestinely dropped against Grove and Sable Mining. How come?

6. The ‘Scam Genius’ Cephus has been and remains a visible danger to Liberia’s democracy especially press freedom. Before Cephus’s confirmation as Solicitor General, he threatened to go after critics of President Weah, including journalists, on OK FM 99.5 in June 2019. He justified his threat by saying, “There is a distinction between free speech and free lies”.

7. Cephus was the mastermind of Associate Justice Kabineh J’aneh’s illegal impeachment. He was the lead lawyer of the House of Representatives in this unconstitutional process. This henchman was executing Weah’s dictatorial order. Like Cephus was a henchman to former rebel leader Charles G. Taylor of NPFL, so he is to ex-Soccer Star George M. Weah of CDC. Of course, he fed on crumbs from NPFL’s rebellious warfare.

8. For this ‘scam genius’, he considers the legal profession as a profiteering enterprise. He often places money above moral. So, he has served as a lawyer for almost every political party including the True Whig Party (TWP), National Party (NPP), Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), Movement for Progressive Change (MPC), etc. This tells you the extent to which Sayma Syrenius Cephus is a licensed hustler. He represents just anything and falls for just everything. His scandalous transition from an unethical journalist to an unprincipled lawyer is of no surprise. The Office of Liberia’s Solicitor General is being impugned.

9. Global Witness, an internationally acclaimed London-based anti-graft watchdog, vehemently rejected Cephus’s nomination as Solicitor General and cautioned The Liberian Senate not to confirm him through an official press statement released in June 2019. This says a lot about his scandalous reputation both locally and internationally.

10. Though ‘Scam Genius’ Cephus has been practicing Law since May 2006 (13 years 9 months) after obtaining an LL.B. from UL in 2006, he has lost most of his cases. He isn’t a seasoned, honest, and reliable lawyer for clients to depend on. Cephus escaped contempt charges again in June 2018 after he was made to apologize to Justices of the Supreme Court for his unruly behavior. This con artist of a lawyer is using the ‘Assets Investigation, Restitution, and Recovery Team (AIRReT)” to extort US$2.1 million from Liberia. He said in October 2019 that ‘AIRReT’ needs US$2.1 to recover US$4.6 billion. Isn’t Sayma Syrenius Cephus a ‘Scam Genius’?

These are some cases lost by ‘Scam Genius’ Syrenius Cephus:

  1. After dubiously collecting US$1000 from PUL with the assurance of winning its case, Cephus as a lawyer representing PUL lost against lawyers representing PUL Presidency Candidate Cholo Brooks and PUL Vice Presidential Candidate W. Omecee Johnson 2014.
  2. Charles Taylor’s prison transfer appeal case in 2015.
  3. He could not win the Sable Mining Case for his clients since 2016.
  4. He lost a case against NEC as a lawyer for a group of concerned citizens in 2011.
  5. NPP lost a case 2015 with Cephus as a lead lawyer, etc.

Just on Facebook alone, ‘Scam Genius’ Syrenius Cephus has 6 different accounts. This henchman of President George M. Weah is not only unfit in all forms, but he is an insignia of a credibility deficit. Cephus is morally impotent, legally incapable, academically deficient, and rationally insolvent. He is by far the worst Solicitor General our nation has known. The selection of Syrenius Cephus as Solicitor General was only intended to legitimize thievery and institutionalize witch-hunt under Weah’s kleptocracy.

Sayma Syrenius Cephus has misled president Weah on several legal matters. The latest was to file a request of extradition for Sierra Leone to turn Henry Costa over. This lawyer didn’t even know that there was no ‘extradition treaty’ between both countries. His latest move to even declare Costa as a ‘fugitive’ punctuates his ignorance in Law. To make matters worse, he went ahead threatening to issue an arrest warrant for Cllr. Findley Karnga who usually represents the legal interest of critics and social justice advocates. The threat of Cephus is ‘nolle prosequi’

This is laughable and mind-boggling. It seems like the highest qualifications required to serve in Weah’s government are incompetence, partisanship, patronage, and fraudulence. Henchman Sayma Syrenius Cephus is a beneficiary of this egregious precedent which continues to ruin our Country. Like Tweah and McGill, so is Cephus. The Republic is in TROUBLE. Patriots must stand up to rescue Liberia from perishing.

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About The Author: Martin K. N. Kollie is a Liberian activist, columnist, and economist. He is a graduate of the University of Liberia with a B.Sc. in Economics and Political Science. Kollie is an avowed proponent of social democracy and economic freedom. He recurrently lives in exile and can be reached via martinkerkula1989@yahoo.com

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The Constitutional Coup In Guinea, Ecowas & AU must say NO to Alpha Conde! http://www.liberianlistener.com/2020/01/18/the-constitutional-coup-in-guinea-ecowas-au-must-say-no-to-alpha-conde/ http://www.liberianlistener.com/2020/01/18/the-constitutional-coup-in-guinea-ecowas-au-must-say-no-to-alpha-conde/#respond Sat, 18 Jan 2020 22:23:21 +0000 http://www.liberianlistener.com/?p=20043 ——-E D I T O R I A L

The Liberian Listener notes, that as Africa seeks answers to the many issues this continent faces, the least that the African people should be worried about is term extensions by African leaders. In Guinea, this is exactly what is playing out in the West African country, because President Alpha Conde is determined to extend a third term, in violation of the country’s Constitution, yet Ecowas and the African Union are quiet. These days the AU that is controlled by African Presidents make sure there are no longer coup de tats on the continent–which in essence protects African leaders’ tenures to stay in power, but the same AU will now allow African PRESIDENTS to violate their countries’ laws, steal elections and persecute the opposition. These maneuvers are nothing but “constitutional coups”. Alpha Conde two terms come to an end next year, but he is seeking to change the constitution. The opposition is resisting these maneuvers, and already about 20 persons have died in the country, over Conde’s determination to stay in power, never mind how much blood is wasted, he and African leaders do not care, once political power is secured for themselves, at the expense of poor Africans.

The African Union and regional bodies like ECOWAS seem to be Africa’s problems on this continent, because not until African countries begin to go up in flames do they start to intervene. These are early warning signs of conflicts, and something genuine needs to be done. The Ecowas and the AU will sit and keep an arms-length against these deteriorating situations in Guinea, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Gambia and many of the regional countries. In Togo, the President there is also seeking to change the constitution to extend his term, yet African leaders are quiet. Where is the leadership and voice of our continental powers: Nigeria, South Africa, and Ethiopia?

The Liberian Listener observes, that what is interesting is that, as an opposition leader, Conde was jailed and exiled for his opposition to Lansana Conte’s military rule. Conde’s criticisms against Lassana Conte’s was ironically based on attempts to extend presidential terms – he ruled from 1984 when Guinea’s long-time leader Sekou Toure died until his own death in 2008. Now that he is in power, the 81-year-old Conde wants to do the same things he opposed yesterday.

African leaders in the DRC, Burkina Faso, Sudan have made attempts to change their countries’ constitutions while refusing to leave power. In Zimbabwe, the late Robert Mugabe like many African leaders refused to cede power and not until the military intervened after he had destroyed every fabric of the country, did the reins of state power was taken from him, a grudge he took to his deathbed, the country was supposed to be his little farm or “fiefdom”, the term in which African leaders think of the countries they lead— that actually belongs to their people. Liberia went to war because its own president General Samuel Doe refused to also turn over-power, beyond his initial three years promised mandate to return the country constitutional rule, hosting an election in which his political party was the judge, and jury, and which he rigged and won, this act plunged the country into conflict, killing over 250, 000 Liberians. Condé who also 81 years old is hell-bent on pushing in a new Constitution, which have been publicized on several occasions, to keep him in power.

Consequently, there are too many issues on the African continent to deal with in terms of bridging the sustainable development gaps by giving the African hope for the future, esp the poor and vulnerable, but African leaders will not let up, and let their people live in peace. The Liberian Listener is wary that African leaders are doing everything to drag African countries into conflict, while the AU and Ecowas are silently looking on. In many quarters today, Africans are of the opinion that the African Union has lost its relevance. The African Union and the Ecowas must say no to Alpha Conde’s brazen power grab. The African Union and the Ecowas must stand with the people of Guinea that are being brutalized in the streets by Conde’s security forces, that kind of tyranny and bruality is un-necessary and unacceptable on the continent which has seen the African people endure so much sufferings!

Main Photo: Guinean Pres. Alpha Conde, Reporter Sans Frontieres

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The Intolerance of George Weah, and his CDC: Protests & Democracy In Liberia! http://www.liberianlistener.com/2020/01/17/the-intolerance-of-george-weah-and-his-cdc-protests-democracy-in-liberia/ http://www.liberianlistener.com/2020/01/17/the-intolerance-of-george-weah-and-his-cdc-protests-democracy-in-liberia/#respond Fri, 17 Jan 2020 22:41:47 +0000 http://www.liberianlistener.com/?p=20038 The Editor,

There were protests yesterday: under Pres. Tolbert (eg. Matthews and the Progressives), Sirleaf (CDC parading caskets and blood stained panties in the streets, which they claimed belong to Madame Sirleaf) and protest under Samuel Doe (esp university students at his throat). Doe particularly hated protests so much, going as far as sending the army on the University of Liberia campus to brutalize students. Under Sirleaf, while she had her reservations, she allowed the Congress Party and George Weah and his people to demonstrate. But under President Weah, there is a great dislike for any sort of protest, with him and his supporters, what gives rise to Weah’s intolerance can only be best described as a creeping dictatorship, that has the propensity of sending Liberia back into the dark days.

George Weah spoke on the first Sunday of the year in which he was peeved, about his citizens protesting and the evil opposition, which he chastised, unreservedly. His sermon if anything says we have entered a new grey area in Liberia. Weah has a great dislike for opposition politics, the same kind that brought him to power, he complains every day about protests! What he forgets to understand is that without a vibrant opposition Liberia has no democracy. he is on record as threatening that anyone who insults ‘the president will not walk the streets freely.”

While the ADMINISTRATION, finds all kinds of reasons including and amongst others that the June 7th protest would have led to war, the bring back our money protest would have led to war, chaos, driving away investments, taking kids out from school, etc, etc, etc, however, both those protests went on peacefully, including the aborted Jan 30th protest which was heavily policed, stopped and moved to Jan 6th, but was quickly put down and dispersed in few hours when it began by riot police determined to adhere to “ORDERS.”

What we see today, is that there are a growing trend and wave of intolerance towards protests or any peaceful assembly in our country under Weah and the CDC, and this is not a good sign for LIBERIAN Democracy. The CDC is resorting to fear tactics, and all sorts of explanations, shenanigans, and tricks to denied Liberians their Constitutional rights to peacefully meet and to “consult upon the common good”.

The fact that we have no legislature since it is compromised, and we have no judiciary since it also weak, dead and all our political institutions have little or no independence, speaks much for what to expect in the coming years.

Liberians must brace themselves for the future. With Sirleaf protection still in play [Ellen Sirleaf demanded protection for she and her cronies and family before she left power, SHE GOT IT and it is rumored she paid off Weah and thus her soild PROTECTON], Morlu’s remarks that if the CDC loses POWER it’s partisans and Mr. Weah won’t be protected, is also a cause for concerns. The Controversial CDC Chairman made those remarks during the bring back our money campaign. His utterances say even if Weah left power today he might seek protection or Sirleaf post-transition or Presidency arrangements, that now sees her absolved of all crimes or prosecution for PROTECTION. What we have on our hands, is a party—THE CONGRESS FOR DEMOCRATIC CHANGE, that may not want to leave POWER volunteeringly—and is refusing all attempts to reform the election Commission for an even playing field. The all-important election is headed by Ellen Sirleaf stooge, who is at best controversial and lacks credibility.

The recent by-elections that were violent in which CDC partisans were stoning candidates and opposition partisans in the streets could be indicators for what to expect. it seems we are in this for the long hurl, PEOPLE.

—Che Biko Kokolu

George Weah, DW

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Ghana FA Owes Me $210,000, Six Months Salary -Coach Appiah http://www.liberianlistener.com/2020/01/17/ghana-fa-owes-me-210000-six-months-salary-coach-appiah/ http://www.liberianlistener.com/2020/01/17/ghana-fa-owes-me-210000-six-months-salary-coach-appiah/#respond Fri, 17 Jan 2020 21:44:14 +0000 http://www.liberianlistener.com/?p=20035  

Former Ghana coach, Kwesi Appiah has disclosed that the Ghana Football Association (GFA) owes him arrears of six months. The 59-year-old parted ways with the Ghana FA after his two year deal with the FA on December 31, 2019.

Appiah was on a $35,000 per month contract following his second coming as coach of the national team. According to him, Kurt Okraku led administration wanted him out due to the lack of communication concerning his contract. “When you are working and the people in charge are not telling you anything, it obviously means that they want you out of the job,” Appiah told Nhyira FM.

“The FA owes me six months’ salary. I am not bothered but I only hope that they will pay me.” The sum of the six months arrears will amount to $210,000.00 Appiah was reappointed as Black Stars coach in 2017, taking over from Israeli manager Avram Grant.

This was followed by the complete dissolution of the technical teams of all the national teams by the FA. However, the Sudan FA has held talks with Kwesi Appiah over a possible take over the national team. Meanwhile, CK Akonnor, who used to serve as Appiah’s assistant, is all but set to be appointed the new Black Stars coach. culled Modern Ghana

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Legality and Logic –7 Reasons why Sierra Leone will not extradite or turn over Henry P. Costa http://www.liberianlistener.com/2020/01/17/legality-and-logic-7-reasons-why-sierra-leone-will-not-extradite-or-turn-over-henry-p-costa/ http://www.liberianlistener.com/2020/01/17/legality-and-logic-7-reasons-why-sierra-leone-will-not-extradite-or-turn-over-henry-p-costa/#respond Fri, 17 Jan 2020 01:08:26 +0000 http://www.liberianlistener.com/?p=20030 The Editor,

I am not a graduate or a student of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law. Neither do I claim to be a legal scholar or a paralegal, but I have made it my duty as a young activist to pen and proffer this legal defense on behalf of comrade brother Henry P. Costa. I thought to share my opinion on this matter by using ‘Legality and Logic’ as my ‘force of defense’ to ably justify why the Republic of Sierra Leone will not and cannot extradite or turn over Weah’s fierce critic, Henry P. Costa. Here are 7 genuine reasons to consider:

  1. Henry P. Costa is not ‘Extraditable’ or he is not an ‘Extraditable Person’ because he has not been charged, tried and convicted of any crime. According to International Extradition Laws and Procedures, Henry P. Costa (HPC) is not subject to extradition because he does not fall in these legal categories or parameters:

a. Charged with a crime but not yet tried;

b. Tried and Convicted but escaped custody;

c. Convicted in absentia.

Costa’s situation does not warrant extradition in any form or manner. The extradition request by the Government of Liberia through the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) lacks legal validity. Therefore, Sierra Leone will not extradite or turn over Henry Costa.

2. There is no extradition treaty between Liberia and Sierra Leone. There is a difference between an Extradition Act and an Extradition Treaty. According to Public International Law, an Extradition Act only regulates extradition within countries while an Extradition Treaty regulates extradition between countries (e.g. Nigeria–South Africa Extradition Treaty of 2004 and UK–US Extradition Treaty of 2003). There is no Liberia–Sierra Leone Extradition Treaty as of this date. These are the only 2 legal instruments or statutes which separately deal with extradition in each country, but there is no treaty whatsoever between both countries:

a. The 1974 Extradition Act of Sierra Leone;

b. The Criminal Procedure Law, Part 1 Chapter 8 (Section 8.1 – Section 8.12) – Title 2 Liberia Code of Laws Revised. Based on this reasoning, Sierra Leone will not extradite or turn over Henry P. Costa.

3. Even under the 1974 Extradition Act of Sierra Leone, HPC cannot be a subject of extradition because he has not committed any of the “28 extraditable crimes” which are prescribed in Section 2 and Section 17 (The Fourth Schedule) of the 1974 Extradition Act of Sierra Leone. Some of those offenses enshrined in these provisions are: murder – manslaughter – counterfeiting – rape – abduction – arson – robbery – bribery – kidnapping – damage of property – etc. Is Costa culpable of any of these crimes? NO..NO…NO.

4. Before Costa’s departure Liberia, the Government of Liberia (GOL) did not accuse or charge him with any of crimes supra. Even up to now, there is no accusation or charge of any kind indicting HPC for an extraditable crime. So, on what basis is GOL through BIN requesting his extradition from Sierra Leone? Even under the Liberian Criminal Procedure Law (Part 1 Section 8.3 – requisition for the surrender of fugitive), GOL’s vicious quest to extradite HPC is not only illegal, but nullified or annulled.

They’ve got no legal ground. In fact, it was HPC who accused BIN of swapping his laissez-passer. Furthermore, the Government of Sierra Leone cannot continue to hold Costa in custody because it has no jurisdiction over him. Besides, PROBABLE CAUSE is yet to be established. Even legal doctrines like ‘The Protective Principle’ and ‘The Principle of Territoriality’ are inapplicable in Costa’s case judging from Extraterritorial Criminal Jurisdiction under International Law.

So, Sierra Leone will neither extradite Henry P. Costa nor violate his right by holding him in further custody.

Before HPC could leave Liberia for Sierra Leone, GOL did not restrain his movement through any form of WRIT from a Court of Competent Jurisdiction. There was no ‘Writ of Arrest’ issued neither was there any ‘Writ of Ne-Exeat Republica’ banning HPC from traveling. The BIN has no judicial power to determine when, where and how any citizen should travel in and out of the territorial borders of Liberia.

Costa’s right to move freely and his right to leave and enter Liberia anytime were/are under attack. The arbitrary action of the GOL to unjustifiably restrain his movement, even though he was never accused, charged, tried and convicted of any crime, violates Article 13 of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia. Such action is also in gross violation of: Article 12 of the 1981 African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and Article 13 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Because Authorities in Sierra Leone also understand the scope of the Liberian Law and other Regional and International Protocols, they will not extradite or turn over Henry P. Costa.

5. As a State Party to the 1979 ECOWAS Protocol on Free Movement and Trans-border Security, authorities of Sierra Leone will be violating Costa’s rights if they extradite him. According to ECOWAS Protocol on Free Movement, “Unless or until charges have been filed, every ECOWAS citizen is free to travel to any member State as he or she pleases. Moreover, even if charges have been filed, and THE ACCUSED or DEFENDANT is not aware, he or she has every right to freedom of movement and to travel.”

Because President Julius Maada Bio and his government are under legal obligation and regional statutory mandate to enforce this protocol without fear or favor, Sierra Leone will not extradite Henry P. Costa.

6. Henry P. Costa, as a fierce critic of the Weah-led government, publicly expressed ‘LEGITIMATE FEAR’ of returning to Liberia. Such ‘fear’ is reasonable, permissible and justified under international jurisprudence (e.g. 1948 UDHR, 1981 ACHPR, and 1976 ICCPR). While in Liberia, HPC revealed a plot engineered by the government to assassinate him. Such revelation was also made to authorities in Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone as a State Party to these regional and international statutes is under a binding obligation to protect HPC because he fled persecution, repression and possible death.

President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone will not break these fundamental laws and principles of human rights in order to appease or satisfy President George M. Weah’s illegally request to extradite his fierce critic who has escaped persecution and torture. Therefore, Sierra Leone will not extradite Costa.

7. The uninterrupted attacks on the person of Henry P. Costa by high-ranking officials of GOL, pro-CDC thugs, and pro-Weah zealots have placed the Weah-led government at odds. As the leader of COP and an opposition politician, Costa along with his bodyguards has been a victim of a series of brutal attacks. His radio station (Roots FM 102.7) was forcibly shut down and his cars vandalized several times by security operatives, warlords, and thuggish gangs (Sabu Unit and Zebra Unit) hired by and loyal to CDC-led government. The regime intends to settle political scores with Costa after he led two (2) mass-based anti-government protests on June 7, 2019, and January 6, 2020.

Furthermore, the Government of Liberia is on record for cracking down on peaceful protesters, opposition politicians, critics, journalists, and voices of dissent. Recently, President George Weah in his Church publicly threatened to slap Costa in a fistfight on Carey Street while Deputy Minister Eugene L. Fahngon said on social media, “Costa will soon die”. Since coming to power, the Weah-led government has a BAD HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD as reported by local and international human rights organizations including the Independent National Human Rights Commission of Liberia (INHRCL).

Because the Government of Sierra Leone and the International Community are cognizant of these hostile realities in Liberia, which grossly violate basic human rights and the principles of democracy, they will not extradite or turn over Henry P. Costa to President Weah and his government.

Like I would do for any person or critic who is running away from persecution, this is how I thought to join the team of lawyers representing Costa’s legal interest. Beyond all reasonable doubts, Costa’s innocence in this matter is expressly known and no form of political machination or maneuvering can make him to return to a government that wants him dead.

The craving for Costa’s extradition or return by pro-CDC fanatics, including president Weah, is a testament of a witch-hunt, repression, and a form of dangerous dictatorship. Such brutish desire and intolerant yearning to devour a fierce critic has got to be a daydream. The Court of Public Judgment has rendered the Weah-led government guilty of autocracy and tyranny. In fact, they are the real culprits of persecution and torture. And their collective guilt shall never cease to pierce their consciences. HPC has committed no crime. Therefore, he must be left alone as a FREEMAN.

They (GOL through BIN) officially authorized Costa’s entry into Liberia through his laissez-passer. But they are now illegally resisting his departure through this very same laissez-passer they stamped/approved upon his arrival. No serious and democratic government indulges into such SCAM and brutish harassment which is simply intended to gain political capital or show strength. Strength should be shown in DEVELOPMENT and ECONOMIC GROWTH, and not to abuse peaceful citizens and harass law-abiding critics.

The action of HPC to leave Liberia under such conditions is legally justified, morally upright, and rationally prudent. The fact is that Liberia has become a zone of terror, especially for critical voices, under ex-footballer turned president George Weah. Henry P. Costa was never running away from THE LAW as his accusers and cynics may presume, but he was running away from TERROR and THE LAWLESS (a callous and unjust government). The Weah-led government has lost credibility, morality, and legitimacy to preside over any case involving Henry P. Costa. Security apparatuses, like BIN and LNP, have all succumbed to partisanship and partiality. The FACTS can never lie. HPC has committed no crime. Therefore, he must be left alone as a FREEMAN.

In this age of modernity, the ‘force of legality and logic’ will always subdue the ‘force of tyranny and repression’. In the end, the Weah-led government will succumb to DIPLOMACY, LEGALITY, and LOGIC. Down with Dictatorship – Up with Democracy. The struggle continues!

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About The Author: Martin K. N. Kollie is a Liberian activist, columnist, and emerging economist (Cum Laude in Economics – University of Liberia). He hails from Bong County and is an avowed proponent of social democracy and economic freedom. Martin is a former student leader who currently lives in exile and can be reached via martinkerkkula1989@yahoo.com.

Main Photo; COP Chair, Henry Costa, briefs the press

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Ghana’s historic homecoming Is A Pan-African movement & Renaissance http://www.liberianlistener.com/2020/01/17/ghanas-historic-homecoming-is-a-pan-african-movement-renaissance/ http://www.liberianlistener.com/2020/01/17/ghanas-historic-homecoming-is-a-pan-african-movement-renaissance/#respond Fri, 17 Jan 2020 00:44:12 +0000 http://www.liberianlistener.com/?p=20026
It’s the last Saturday of the year in the heart of Accra, Ghana’s capital. The air is thick with the anticipation of the thousands of revelers who have swarmed the gates of El Wak Stadium to take part in an annual celebration of African culture known as Afrochella. Inside it’s a sea of diversity. Austrian, Ivorian and Nigerian men pose for cameras before inviting an American woman to join. Nearby, two French women draped in the traditional Ghanaian Kente cloth dance to a mix of reggae and afrobeats. At the bar, four British men chat with locals while scanning the crowd bathed in neon lights.

A new Harlem Renaissance

Ghana is having a moment and some describe it as akin to the Harlem Renaissance, the 1920s movement in the United States that’s credited with revolutionizing African-American arts and culture. Ana Lucia Araujo, professor of history at Howard University, says what’s happening in Africa now correlates almost identically with the Harlem experience. “The Harlem Renaissance was a time when African culture and arts were finally being valued during a period when segregation and racism ran rampant in America,” Araujo told CNN.
“We are finding now that the diaspora wants to experience their culture and feel accepted in a place where racism is not so engrained as in many parts of the West,” she says of Ghana’s appeal. Cynthia Ofori-Dwumfuo, a 35-year-old Ghanaian citizen who serves as the head of marketing for an insurance company, agrees. “We are getting to a point where the dichotomy between Africans and the diaspora is slowly fading away,” she says. “We are all starting to see that we are all African. What is happening here is a celebration of culture and it has helped me to see that being African is so cool.”

The Pan-African movement

This is not the first time that African-Americans and the diaspora have heeded the call to come home to Africa.
Araujo says that shortly after the US abolition of slavery in the 19th century, influential leaders such as Marcus Garvey pleaded with African-Americans to return to Africa, some staying for good, including the Pan-Africanist intellectual, W.E.B. Dubois. In 2019, Ghana ran a hugely popular Year of Return campaign to attract international visitors of Ghanaian descent. In Accra, people from all walks of life arrived in the thousands in the last few days of 2019. Among them was the mother of megastar Beyoncé, Tina Lawson, who was visiting Ghana for the first time.
“This experience has been eye-opening,” she told CNN in Accra. “I understand now why everyone is talking about coming here. This place makes me want to heal.”
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Felix Darko, 26, a German-Ghanaian computer engineer who moved to Ghana when he was 8, says the Year of Return is significant.”It was the year that Ghana jumped into the global and diaspora consciousness,” he says.
“This place is incredibly rich in culture and is also one of the more culturally relevant places to visit for the diaspora as most slaves that were taken from the continent were done so from our shores.”

‘A spiritual and birthright journey’

The Year of Return marked 400 years since the first arrival of African slaves stepped on American soil.
The Ghana Tourism Authority and Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture spearheaded the campaign, inviting the “global African family, home and abroad” to make the “landmark spiritual and birthright journey.” Two hours west of the capital, in the Cape Coast, comedian Steve Harvey, actors Boris Kodjoe, Danny Glover and musicians T.I. and Ludacris all visited the Elmina Castle, a life-changing trip for most, who come to tour the major hub that served as the final destination in Africa for millions of slaves before being shipped overseas.
Ghana attracted a number of high profile guests in 2019, particularly in the latter part of the year in the lead up to the Year of Return festivities. In November, talkshow host Conan O’Brien traveled to Ghana where he danced with locals, Naomi Campbell took part in Jack Ma’s entrepreneur summit and Cardi B performed for fans in a December concert. Ghana Tourism Authority’s CEO, Akwasi Agyemang, told CNN that the social, economic and media impact from Year of Return has been a “phenomenal awakening.”

A rival to Ibiza or Cape Cod?

The World Bank also notes that compared to 2018, Ghana’s economy expanded with a GDP growth rate at 6.7% in the first quarter alone, its private sector grew stronger and local businesses have seen a significant improvement, said Agyemang. Ghanaian President Akufo-Addo said last December that the diaspora has positively impacted countries “through increased trade activities, investments and the transfer of skills.”
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Asante Berko, owner of two restaurants, AM&PM and Fat Fish, at Accra’s upscale community, the Villagio, described how his businesses have been impacted in one word: “Phenomenal.” “Sales practically tripled,” he said, adding that demand was so high that he was forced to turn people away. But the reason behind this was more important than the business revenue, he insists. “To be a part of this movement has taught me the strength in numbers. [The diaspora] can normalize this and make this a place akin to Ibiza or Cape Cod.” The country’s tourism authority agrees. “This is a very important time for this country,” CEO Agyemang says.
“People are now starting to make the pilgrimage here just like Jerusalem or Mecca, and we are here to welcome them if they decide to return.” Ghanaian-American Kojo Terry Oppong, the owner of a Ghanaian lifestyle concierge service, doesn’t need any further convincing to return. “As many of us in the diaspora experience our “moment of clarity,” he says. “I trust that others will join me in agreeing that it is not malaria, poor infrastructure, etc… that you need to be concerned about. It is the “Ghana Bug,” which once bitten, makes you hold her dear in your heart.
“You will find yourself coming back again, and again, and again,” he says. Zaina Adamu, CNN
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Liberian Senator is Requesting A Comprehensive Audit Of The Legislature http://www.liberianlistener.com/2020/01/15/liberian-senator-is-requesting-a-comprehensive-audit-of-the-legislature/ http://www.liberianlistener.com/2020/01/15/liberian-senator-is-requesting-a-comprehensive-audit-of-the-legislature/#respond Wed, 15 Jan 2020 20:52:07 +0000 http://www.liberianlistener.com/?p=20022

MONROVIA – Senator Abraham Darius Dillon has written plenary of the Liberian Senate to endorse a request to institute a comprehensive audit of the Liberian Legislature. According to him, there is no history to his knowledge where that branch of government was audited from 2006 to date.

According to the Montserraddo Senator, an audit of the Legislature will ensure fiscal probity, sound financial system, accountability, and transparency. It can be recalled that Senator Dillon of Montserrado County recently said he will consider leaving the Senate if he is re-elected along with the majority of current lawmakers who might be going for re-election in 2020.

He made the statement last Thursday morning when he appeared as a guest on the Truth Breakfast morning magazine radio program. Dillon on the Truth Breakfast Radio Morning magazine program promised to focus his attention on the legislature, where he promised to be very vocal on issues in that legislature that affect the society by extension.

In one of his public statements, he described the legislature as the cause of Liberia’s many problems and to have Liberia fixed is to clean the legislature of people he considered bad apples. While on the radio, he said he would campaign less for himself in Montserrado County and campaign more against some of his colleagues who he feels should not be re-elected.

“If my work in the Senate isn’t enough to get me re-elected then that it is the decision of the people of Montserrado County,” he said. Dillon was elected last year to fill a vacancy created in the Senate following the death of Geraldine Doe-Sheriff who died as a result of prolonged illness. Culled

Main Photo: Senator Darius Dillion, BBC

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Open Letter: A Plea To Comrade Brother Henry P. Costa http://www.liberianlistener.com/2020/01/15/open-letter-a-plea-to-comrade-brother-henry-p-costa/ http://www.liberianlistener.com/2020/01/15/open-letter-a-plea-to-comrade-brother-henry-p-costa/#respond Wed, 15 Jan 2020 20:23:35 +0000 http://www.liberianlistener.com/?p=20020  

 

 

Greetings Henry P. Costa,

You’ve fought a good fight. You’ve risked your life in pursuit of social justice and economic parity. History honors your bravery and sense of patriotism to country and people. You are such a brilliant, articulate and powerful voice. It is your voice that this new ruling clique really fears.

But right now, I am more concerned about your safety and security. I encourage you to be cautious and vigilant while in Liberia. The government has a vicious agenda to hunt you down. Do not submit to any BIN investigation. You are a major target of repression and torture. Likewise, all other members of COP. Voices of dissent under this extravagant ex-footballer have to be very mindful especially under a hostile regime like CDC’s.

The Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) is no longer credible and impartial. It has become a FRAUD like Patrick Sudue’s LNP. They’ve been compromised to entrap you et al. The executive order is to arrest and harm you. The Country has become a POLICE STATE just in a period of 24 months. Almost all independent security apparatuses have succumbed to partisanship and political maneuverings. The CDC and Pres. George M Weah intends to settle political scores with you. It is all about paying back for your peaceful action through mass protests on June 7, 2019, and January 6, 2020.

If you are still in Liberia, I plead with you to leave tonight. There are 48 official border points in Liberia and most of them are very vulnerable (without immigration and police officers). I too managed to escape through one of those border points when I was viciously hunted and attacked by security operatives and thugs loyal to CDC (Sabu Unit and Zebra Unit).

You cannot and must not submit to any investigation. Do not turn yourself over to those pro-poor crooks, predators, and ruffians. They are a Coalition of Desperate Charlatans (CDC) whose ultimate intent is to crack down on critical voices and press freedom. Do not obey any ‘LAW’ because those enforcing the LAW are compromised and lawless, including President George M Weah himself who has violated almost all of our LAWS.

Thomas Jefferson said, “If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so.” In addendum, Martin Luther King, Jr. was succinct when he said, “One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws”. I just thought to remind you of these famous quotes because your right to travel is being arbitrarily withheld and unfairly sanctioned by GOL. Article 13 of our Constitution is under attack. The regime has already failed. It is hunting for prey to predate on.

The government you are dealing with is not civilized and sophisticated. It is lawless, inept, clueless, repressive and dictatorial. The CDC-led government has no value or respect for basic human rights and justice. CDC is a direct opposite of democracy. Weah and his agent provocateurs have hired warlords, ex-combatants, and street gangs to hunt down critical voices. I was a victim of such conspiracy and so I had to flee.

The Weah-led government has no credibility to judge you or any critic. It has lost morality and legitimacy. Your action to flee Liberia under such conditions would be legally justified, morally upright, and rationally prudent. You are not running away from THE LAW as your accusers and cynics may presume, but you are running away from THE LAWLESS (a callous and unjust system).

They (GOL through BIN) officially authorized your entry into Liberia through your laissez-passer. But they are now illegally resisting your departure through this very same laissez-passer they stamped upon your arrival. No serious and democratic government indulges in such SCAM and brutish harassment simply intended to gain political capital or show strength.

Remain safe brother. Remain hopeful and stronger. Tighten your security and watch your back. You can be certain of my fullest support as you endure these tough times. We must never give up this fight until Liberia and Liberians are rescued from this looming catastrophe and premature political project (CDC). We must never surrender our batons because history has no accolade for cowards. You’ve committed no crime. Your only charge is to speak out against societal ills.

The regime is crumbling and cracking so fast. The contradictions are enormous. The substructure and the superstructure of the Liberian society are collapsing under this clueless and corrupt administration. There are objective factors or conditions, in the context of dialectics, which may soon spike an irreversible revolution. Weah along with his assembly of idol worshipers and hustler is perplexed due to these emerging shocks. They’ve got no solution. The ‘beginning and end’ of this regime is similar to GIGO. They are operating on borrowed time and at the mercy of the masses.

Of course, Weah and his cabal of pillagers are hanging on a thin rope. The lava will soon erupt and CDC shall instantly melt. HPC, you cannot be prey or victim of such decay. Not now, or even tomorrow. Remain hopeful and courageous but cautious and careful as well, comrade brother Henry P. Costa. The days of glory and triumph for Liberia and Liberians are nearing. The nation will soon break away from this dark present and prevailing nightmare (CDC). We’ve already had enough.

Bearing in mind that our collective struggle is against a self-gratifying president who has zero knowledge in governance and zero vision for Liberia, let us continue to honestly strive, patriotically inspire, and consciously educate THE MASSES because all is not lost. Let us not lose focus and faith. Let us remain optimistic of a NEW DAWN. There will certainly be a new day after GMW along with his empire of white-collar rascals and leeching predators.

Beyond this end, I hope you pay heed to my plea and look up to God for shielding. Please leave Liberia now because our country has become a risky zone for fierce critics, independent journalists, and voices of opposition parties. Remember, we were once described by President George Weah as ENEMIES OF THE STATE even though the real enemies should actually be those economic migrants who siphoned our missing L$16 billion and US$25 million.

With solidarity and commonality of purpose, I remain. Let me end in Latin “Usque ad extremum victoriam et certamen manet Sibyllinos adirent” meaning in English “Until final victory, THE STRUGGLE remains unabated.

Yours in struggle…

Martin K. N. Kollie

Exiled activist, columnist, and economist. Former student leader and standard-bearer emeritus of SUP martinkerkula1989@yahoo.com.

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