‘I Disappeared to Appear’: Rep. Yekeh Korlubah Says He’s Fine After Report of Arrest at RIA

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Rep. Yekeh Korlubah says he has agreed to pay custom duties on T-Shirts he brought in for the June 7 protest. He had traveled to Accra, Ghana to print a huge consignment which was confiscated at the Roberts International Airport Sunday triggering reports that he had been arrested.

Monrovia – Representative Yekeh Korlubah(Montserrado County, District No.10) says he is fine after speculations of his arrest Sunday at the Roberts International Airport spread like wildfire Sunday.

“I agreed that I will make the payment tomorrow(Monday) and hopefully I’ll be able to get the T-Shirts out. I disappeared to appear and I’m ready and all set for the June 7 Protest.”

Rep. Yekeh Korlubah

The lawmaker embarked from a Kenya Airways flight out of Accra, Ghana where he had reportedly gone to print T-Shirts for the June 7 Save-the-State protest in Monrovia.

He acknowledged to FrontPageAfrica via phone Sunday that there was a small commotion after customs officers at the airport insisted that he paid taxes on the T-Shirts before he would be allowed to take them out of the airport.

“I agreed that I will make the payment tomorrow(Monday) and hopefully I’ll be able to get the T-Shirts out. I disappeared to appear and I’m ready and all set for the June 7,” the lawmaker said Sunday.

The outspoken lawmakers has been out of the public glare in the days leading to this week’s protest triggering speculations that he had been compromised to stay away during the protest. But he said Sunday, that is not the case. “I went to print T-Shirts; the T-Shirts are printed and I am here. I disappeared to appear.”

Mr. Korluba has been a thorn in the side of the George Weah-led government, speaking truth to power and holding the government’s feet to the fire on critical national issues.

He has been one of the critical voices and advocate for the upcoming protest.

The lawmaker came under fire recently when he was summoned by the House Committee on Rules, Order and Administration for allegedly and publicly accusing President Weah of harboring one of the missing containers of money at his house on the Roberts International Airport (RIA) highway.

The Montserrado County lawmaker is also being probed for widely announcing that he would singularly protect veteran journalist Philibert Brown, should the latter be invited by the House of Representatives to reveal the names of the over 15 representatives who were bribed in the printing of an additional L$10.5 billion, a claim made by Mr. Brown on the radio.

The lawmaker has publicly taken President Weah to task for failing to declare his assets.

In January, scuffle ensued when the lawmaker was hosting a Children’s party in his district when it was interrupted by what he says government provocateurs.

The program was held at the Ford-Midden Christian Academic
(FMCA) on the Old Road, outside the main city, Monrovia.

In April, Rep. Korlubah pledged his support to the collaborating political parties – Unity Party, Liberty Party, Alternative National Congress and All Liberia Party – who are among those staging this week’s protest.

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