Liberia: Police Questions ‘General Power’ Over Statement of Forming “Kru Defense Force”
Monrovia – Following the publication of this newspaper’s editorial in which it called on the Liberian Government to distance itself from the reckless statement made by Augustine Nagbe aka ‘General Power’ that he would form a Kru Defense Force to protect President George Mannah Weah, the Liberia National Police (LNP) Wednesday, November 27, called him in for questioning.
The spokesman of the LNP, Moses Carter confirmed to FrontPageAfrica late Wednesday evening that the former notorious rebel commander, who is still known by his nom de guerre ‘General Power’, was arrested on Wednesday November 27, for the inciting comments he made on a local radio station in Monrovia.
“Yes, he was arrested today for interrogation by the police for his comments on one of the local stations that he will establish a Kru faction,” Carter said.
Speaking with the Police spokesman around 2200 GMT, he confirmed in a mobile phone conversation that ‘General Power’ was still being held in custody at the LNP Headquarters.
“He’s still at the LNP Headquarters undergoing interrogation for his comments; he will remain there until the investigation is completed.”
Nagbe, a former famous fighter, who hails from Grand Kru County, appeared on the Prime FM’s Morning Drive on Thursday, November 21, threatening to organize members of his ethnic Kru tribe to form a force that would rise in defense of President Weah, should anyone try to attack the president. President Weah himself is a Kru man from Sass Town, Grand Kru County.
He boasted of being a ‘proud Kru man’ who is ever ready to use his military training for the defense of his kinsman.
“I am a Kru warrior, I’m the warrior for the Kru people-I don’t care how anybody takes it. We are in Liberia but I will always defend my Kru people, trust me,” Power said on the local radio show.
Power, was one of those deeply involved with the closure of Roots FM, owned and operated by one of President Weah critics, Henry Costa and also attempted to ensure that ex-combatants summon Montserrado County District Number 10 Representative Yekeh Kolubah for his string statement against President Weah.
Nagbe, alias ‘Power’ is enlisted as the 62nd person in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission final Report as a perpetrator of gross human rights abuses.
During the TRC’s hearing in Monrovia, a woman from West Point told the TRC under oath that ‘General Power’ forced her at gun point to eat a large can of feces.
Meanwhile, while government is making strides to interrogate ‘General Power’ for his threatening comments, a lawmaker from the same county, has since condemned his kinsman’s comments and urged him to desist from such divisive statement especially looking back at the Liberia’s dark days during the civil war when an estimated 250,000 people were slaughtered at the hands of rebel fighters from these same ‘defense forces.’