Monrovia - The head of Liberia's ruling Unity Party, Cllr. H. Varney G. Sherman was picked up early Wednesday morning from his home by agents of the Special Task Force. The force, comprising the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission and the Ministry of Justice was appointed by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to investigate a corruption report released by the London-based Watchdog Group, Global Witness, alleging that more than $950,000 in bribes and other suspicious payments were made to top Liberian officials by the Britain-based Sable Mining Company and its Liberian lawyer, Varney Sherman, is reportedly on the verge of indicting at least four persons named in the report.
Mr. Ernest C.B. Jones, a former Deputy Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy was also picked up from his home.
FrontPageAfrica received word late Tuesday night that agents were set to move in on Cllr. Sherman, House Speaker Tyler, Jones and Mr. Chris Onunuga.
A source closed to the investigation told FrontPageAfrica Wednesday morning that Speaker Tyler asked that agents and officers at his home to effect his arrest be withdrawn and the request was reportedly granted although it is unclear why. But one source told FrontPageAfrica Wednesday that the speaker is negotiating with the Task Force about explaining his role in the scandal.
About 8:30am local time, the Senator, along with Jones were taken to the Criminal Court C where they are expected to be charged.