Liberia: Police Clears Eric Wowoh of All Rape Allegations at Schools in Bong and Montserrado Counties

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Eric Willise Wowoh, who is founder/executive director of the Change Agent Network/Opportunity Network Liberia (CAN/ONLIB), has been cleared of all rape allegations at two schools in Bong and Montserrado County

Monrovia —The Liberia National Police (LNP) has issued Mr. Eric Willise Wowoh their “confirmation clearance” clearing him of all alleged sexual misconduct (rape) that was said to have taken place within the Alexandria A. Andrews Academy School in Brooklyn Community, Gbarnga, Bong County and the Heart of Grace School located in Jacob’s Town, Rehab City View Community, Lower Johnsonville, Montserrado County.

Even though the alleged sexual misconduct was said to have been committed by Wowoh, interestingly, it was him who had reported it to the LNP for investigation, according to the police.

Wowoh is the founder/executive director of the Change Agent Network/Opportunity Network Liberia (CAN/ONLIB), which runs Triple ‘A’— Alexander A. Andrews — one of the academic institutions of CAN/ONLIB.

Alexandria A. Andrews Academy School in Brooklyn Community, Gbarnga, Bong County

In the police’s clearance, they said that the CAN ED had told them that, “while he was in the United States of America in August 2021, he received a disturbing report from Hope Novak, an American citizen, about a sexual exploitation in the Alexander A. Andrews Academy located in Brooklyn Community, Gbarnga, Bong, the school he established in 2021 under his organization, Change Agent Network/Opportunity Network Liberia (CAN/ONLIB).”

According to the police, the report revealed that in the related development, Daniel K Dennis, president, Student Against Corruption (SAC), informed the Women and Children’s Protection Section of the Liberian Police in August 2021 that his organization, SAC, received information from Mathaline Howelley, Leetor Sibley, Justina Dunbar and Melessa Brisbane, student of the Triple ‘A’ Academy about sexual abuse of females in the school.

“That predicated upon the complaint, a team of officers from the Women and children’s Protection Section of the Crime Services Department, Liberia National Police, was constituted to probe the merit(s) of the complaint,” the police said in its clearance.

Heart of Grace School located in Jacob’s Town, Rehab City View Community, Lower Johnsonville, Montserrado County

The LNP said its team of officers had gone on the campus of the school to authenticate the merits and statements were obtained from some individuals linked to the allegation including Daniel K. Dennis, Justina Dunbar, Marthaline Hawelley, Abel Dennis, Stephen S. Kendema, Bill G. O. Tarr, Shermaiah Dolo, S. Rufus Garga, Issac P. Bettie, Pastor Koffi Mensah, McGill G. Kowula, Danny K. Wreh, Jr., Korto Tarnue, Issac Naimah, Angie Suomie, Rita Suomie and Luch Suomie.

Police Findings

“That upon receiving information about the allegation of sexual exploitation and abuse at the Alexander A. Andrews Academy, Mr. Eric Wowoh, founder and Executive Director of said institution immediately initiated investigation into the allegation,

“That one of the expelled students of the Alexander A. Andrews Academy (Marthaline Howelley) who Daniel Dennis alleged to have been one of the victims of the sexual exploitation and abuse at the Triple A Academy maintained that at no time she was ever involved with any teachers at the school’s sexual exploitation and abuse as been alleged by Daniel Dennis.”

The Police further stated that Ms. Dunbar alleged that Bettie, who is the Chemistry teacher at Triple A, had made sexual advances towards her but she refused and was threatened by him.

The police also found out during their investigation that Ms. Dunbar and the Triple A Principle, Abel Dennis, has had sexual intercourse one time when she was in the 11th grade. They, however, said that student Dunbar, who is now in the 12th grade is an adult and is into a consensual sexual relationship with Daniel Dennis.

The SAC group, which had reported the matter with the LNP’s Women and Children’s Protection Section in Gbarnga, had also alleged that to cover up the allegation on the Triple A campus, some students, who had been expelled had to be reconsidered to compromise the sexual exploitation and abuse allegation against the teachers and administration of Triple A. But the police said this assertion is false and that it was based on the intervention of Bong County Education Board that the expelled students were considered to write their National Exams, which is administered to students within the West African subregion.

The LNP further stated that Hope Novak, who is an American and who Wowoh said he had received the report of sexual exploitation from while he was in the USA in August 2021, had sent US$80 to one Favor L. Saybekollie as transportation to travel to Monrovia and report the rape allegation against Wowoh.

“In view of the foregoing, the investigation has resolved to recommend that Abel Dennis and Koffi Mensah and Isaac Bettie of Alexander A. Andrews Academy be turned over to the Ministry of Education through the Bong County Education Board for administrative action for their sexual contact and sexual advances respectively towards student Justina Dunbar and that Hope Novak be held liable for tempering with witnesses and information in proceedings,” the LNP report, signed by Charles B. Blake, Police Commissioner for CSD, CID and Interpol Affairs, said.

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