February 2015

The ‘unconcious’ family of five in their compound

5 Found Unconscious in Zeon Town, ELWA Community

A state of confusion and fear overcame residents of Zeon Town in the ELWA Community yesterday morning when five members of a family were found lying  unconscious in their windowless, one-bedroom house.

The house has no windows and only a front door, but in there lived five family members.

Neighbors in the immediate vicinity attributed their condition to poor ventilation, while others are convinced that an evil spirit or witchcraft had visited them that night.

Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe, Ad Hoc C’ttee Chair Sen. George Weah

Senate Cites MYS Minister for Contempt Hearing

The Liberian Senate at its 15th day sitting, voted 14 for, seven abstention and one against to cite the Minister of Youth & Sports Eugene Lenn Nagbe to appear before that body on Tuesday, March 3 to show cause why he should not be held in contempt for an alleged ‘inappropriate statement’ against a constituted Ad Hoc Committee.

The Minister is also encouraged to go along with his lawyer if he so desires.

3 Lawmakers Suspended

The House of Representatives yesterday suspended with immediate effect three of the ‘renegade lawmakers’ that recently caused a standoff at the Capitol Building that resulted into Rep. Bill A. Corneh being physically assaulted.

Plenary took the decision to suspend Margibi County Representative Roland O. Cooper for three months without pay for physically assaulting fellow colleague, Bill Corneh, while Representatives Samuel Korgar of Nimba County and Henry Fahnbulleh of Montserrado County were handed down a month each without pay and other benefits.

DEA Director Souh: “We will continue ridding the country of illicit drugs in keeping with the law, no matter what.”

‘We Won’t Relent against Drug Traffickers’

The Director-General of the Drug Enforcement Agency, (DEA), Anthony K. Souh, has reiterated his administration’s stance to deter drug traffickers and their plan to contaminate the Liberian society.

He said the DEA’s war against drug traffickers will not be reversed, now that the expected legal tool is in place.

He asserted that the DEA is under constitutional mandate to prevent the infiltration of dangerous substances into the country and to arrest those involved in the sale of such drugs.

Over Alleged 10 Percent Unpaid Signature Release Fee; Insurance Company Backs Off in FIB US$1.2M Theft Case

Drama unfolded at Criminal Court ‘C’ yesterday when Sky International Insurance Corporation withdrew its bail bonds for the release of six First International Bank (FIB)employees accused of stealing US$1.2million, from custody at the Monrovia Central Prison.

The Insurance Company claimed that defendants Kebbeh Kula Klark, Jeremiah Tegli, Beyan Dadzi, Richard Gboyah, Africanis Freeman and Robert Cummings failed to live up to the terms and conditions of its policy.

The company did not disclose the policy’s terms and conditions of the bond.

US$85K Criminal Bond Filed in NOCAL’s Bribery Case

Former lawmaker, Alomiza Barr Ennos and the Senate Secretary, J. Nanborlor Sengbeh, who were implicated in the US$50,000 “lobby fees” case, last Wednesday filed US$85,000 criminal appearance bond to Criminal Court ‘C,” at the Temple of Justice.

The money, according to the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), was intended for the 52nd National Legislature to ratify oil contracts between National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), and several oil companies. 

Interestingly, they are expected to appear before the court on May 11.

Justice Banks Exposes Judge Wolloh’s Imprudence

Assoc. Justice Banks: “Each defendant’s liberty should be treated with the utmost care, and the judge must ensure that the standard which he or she applies is no less than he would apply or expect in his own situation.”

Associate Justice Philip A.Z. Banks’ November 5, 2014, in a ruling, has exposed the carelessness and ethical breach by then Criminal Court ‘A’ Judge Sikajipa Wolloh to send two defendants to jail for six years each for attempted murder instead of the maximum five years set by the Penal Law.

Buutuo border checkpoint (L) and the General Market building (R)

4 Arrested for Murder in Nimba

Officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) assigned in Nimba County have arrested four persons for their alleged involvement in the recent mob action that resulted into the brutal killing of a murder suspect who was in custody at the police station in Buutuo.

Those arrested were identified as Edward Kielap, 51, Alex Gondor, 38, Stephen Monwoan, 32, and one Jonathan, 31.

The suspects were arrested in connection with the incident which occurred in Buutuo near the Liberia La Cote d’Ivoire border on Monday, February 23.

Dr. Chambers (r) and Senator Brown

NEC Clarifies Supreme Court Ruling

The National Elections Commission has clarified that the Supreme Court’s recent rulings do not call for a reinvestigation or decertification in any of the alleged election fraud cases, as being perceived by the public and reported in the local media.

The Supreme Court, Tuesday February 17, rendered two separate rulings in a number of alleged fraud cases filed by some defeated candidates of the 2014 Special Senatorial Elections.


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