Costa, a provocative talk show host, is a fierce critic of President George Manneh Weah and the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) Government.
It was reported earlier Friday, January 10, 2020 that Costa was stopped by officers of the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) at the Roberts International Airport(RIA) from traveling upon checking in.
The RIA is situated in Margibi County
However, the LIS, in a press statement issued in Monrovia Saturday, January 11, 2020, denied ever preventing Costa of leaving as being reported by the provocative talk show host.
In the press statement, LIS stated that Costa initially checked in on SN Brussels Flight # 245, but did not approach the immigration to present his travel document as is routine for all travelers.
“LIS says while it has received reports that Mr. Costa entered Liberia using forged travel documents, it did not arrest, stop nor accost him at the airport as he did not present himself to immigration officers,” said the press statement.
“Few minutes after checking in, Costa voluntarily requested to be removed from the check-in list and had his luggage deplaned,” the press statement added.
However, Costa, who later spoke to FrontPageAfrica, refuted the claim by the country’s immigration, asserting that he was denied and had to called on the Ambassador of ECOWAS to Liberia to inform him about the unfolding event.
“I must be an idiot to check in and check out. The people stopped me from traveling and they wanted to seize my passport so I didn’t give it to them,” noted Costa, accentuating that he also called the Minister of Justice who told him that he (Costa) was being investigated and requested of him to collaborate with the investigation.
Costa also vehemently denied forging the laissez passé. “Liberians remain in the U.S. and prepare their passports here in Liberia, how much more a laissez passé which is even a simpler document to obtain. My laissez passé was prepared right at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If it was forged, why didn’t they seize it upon my arrival. The Immigration officer checked it and allowed me to pass,” he told the local news outlet.