Liberia: A former General in Nimba Threatens to Arrest Senator Prince Y. Johnson over election Related Allegations
MONROVIA — An ex-general of the defunct Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia (INPFL) of Sen. Prince Johnson has threatened to arrest and turn over the Nimba senator to the International Community over his refusal to cater to their well-being since the end of the civil war.
The INPFL was a rebel group that participated in the First Liberian Civil War under the leadership of Sen. Johnson. It was a breakaway faction of former president Charles Taylor’s National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL).
Young Gblorgbay claimed he and several former generals of INPFL in Nimba County began the “revolution” with Sen. Johnson but the Nimba senator has abandoned them despite winning two elections.
We have turned to armed robbers to survive while Senator Johnson is enjoying the dividends of the civil war, Gblorgbay said.
The ex-INPFL general, who is regarded to many in Nimba as a ‘son’ to Senator Johnson because of his involvement with INPFL during the country’s decade long civil war, said he would arrest Senator Johnson and turn him over to the International Community to face the War and Economic Crimes Court for acts committed during the war.
“Senator Johnson has done nothing for ex-generals who fought along with him during the civil war. He has won two elections as senator of Nimba County since the end of the war in 2003. We have turned to armed robbers. I will lead ex-generals to arrest him and turn him over to the International Community to face the War Crimes Court”, Gblorgbay said.
The Nimba senator declined to respond to Gblorgbay’s claims when contacted by FrontPageAfrica Wednesday.
In recent weeks, Liberians have been calling for the establishment of a War and Economic Crimes Court to try those responsible for grave crimes committed during the country’s civil war.
Senator Abraham Darius Dillion of Monsterrado County has been one person pressing for the establishment of a War and Economic Crimes Court during the Senate sessions.
It can be recalled one of the Senate sessions plunged into heated argument over the establishment of a war and economic crimes court, disrupting the one of the sessions.
Sen. Johnson, who is serving his second nine-year tenure at the National Legislature, captured and killed former president Samuel Doe in the latter part of 1990 as one of Africa’s deadliest wars raged against the first native president whose 1980 coupe ended over 130 years of Americo-Liberians’ reign.
Most agonizing in the eyes of those who watched the captured, tortured and subsequent killing of the country’s former president was the spectacle display Johnson exhibited as he sipped what appeared to be a Budweiser drink while chopping off Doe’s ears.