Liberia: Government Charges Yekeh Korlubah; Questions Linger Over Fate Of Acarous Gray

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MONROVIA – Controversial Montserrado County District 9 Representative, Yekeh Kolubah is likely to be picked up by the police this week for alleged terroristic threat and criminal facilitation.

The Liberia National Police confirmed over the weekend that Rep. Kolubah has been charged for allegedly ordering the flogging and torturing of a resident of his district.

According to the police, six suspects were picked up on June 5, 2019, upon a distress call for victim Freeman who Police respondents met lying under a market table opposite Rep. Kolubah’s house naked, handcuffed, with wounds on his head and bruises on his body. The victim, who was allegedly tortured and flogged allegedly by Rep. Kolubah’s personal bodyguards in a bleeding condition, was immediately rushed to the John F. Kennedy Hospital for admittance and medical treatment. 

Police preliminary investigation established that group of guys riding on board a white Nissan pick-up belonging to Suspect Yekeh Kolubah were seen distributing leaflets and T-Shirts relative to June 7 “Save the State” protest. It was further established that, victim Freeman got threatened by the suspects for refusing to receive said T-Shirts and leaflets on grounds that the financiers of the T-Shirts must be part of the protest along with their entire families, something which triggered them of coming after him at a cane juice shop owned by a lady only identified as Naomi.

Investigative findings coupled with evidence produced during police probe, the LNP charged the suspects with the commission of the crime terrorist threat, criminal facilitation, aggravated assault and felonious restraint have been forwarded to Court for trial.

Alleged victims of Reps. Yekeh Kolubah and Acarous Gray

 Terroristic threat and Criminal facilitation are in violation of Chapter14 and 10, section 14.24 and section 10.2. While Aggravated Assault and felonious restraint are in violation of Chapter 14 subchapter B section 14.20 and subchapter C section 14.51 of the revised penal code of the Republic of Liberia.   

The suspects who were arrested on June 5, 2019 are residents of Old Road, believed to be supporters of Rep. Kolubah and students of the University of Liberia. They were also seeing on the main street between the Police Headquarters and the University of Liberia singing battle cry slogans in solidarity of their leader who was invited by the Liberia National Police for questioning on alleged charges of flogging. The suspects, while on the street prevented vehicles and movement of pedestrians. 

The police, while performing their statutory duty, came across throwing of stones from the UL students and supporters of Rep. Kolubah causing chaos to peaceful citizens with road blocks. In the process, four (4) officers assigned at the Police Support Unit (PSU) sustained serious bodily injuries that resulted to one of the officers’ tooth been removed. Due to the severity of the officers’ wounds, they were rushed for medical treatment.

But Rep. Kolubah is not the only lawmaker in the police dragnet for alleged assault of a district resident.

Similar Accusation against Gray

District 8 lawmaker, Rep. Moses Acarous Gray was invited by the police last week for his alleged involvement in the flogging of Boye Cooper, a businessman in the district after a confrontation between the two.

Boye, the owner of a night club on 9th Street, had alleged that Rep. Gray instructed his bodyguards to beat him up after the two had had an exchange of words on Rep. Gray’s threat to close down his night club.

He further alleged that Rep. Gray stepped and broke the glass door of his night club where he had run for safety after they started beating on him.

FrontPageAfrica is yet to obtain details of the police investigation.

However, in an interview with FrontPageAfrica, Rep. Gray claimed that he, as a Representative of the District, had received several complaints from the residents of 9th Street that the night club played loud music up till 4:00 am from Tuesday to Sunday every week.

According to him, he tried to intervene by calling the owner of the club to register the people’s complaint of him. However, he said, Boye in a loud tone insisted that he would continue to play loud music.

Rep. Gray explained that a stander-by tried to intervene by asking Boye to low his voice and calm down but was slapped by Boye for intervening which led to a scuffle between the two.

Gray denied being involved with the fight, neither did his personal body guard get involved.

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