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A crack team of police officers of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) and the Police Support Unit (PSU) of the Liberia National Police(LNP) early Wednesday morning( June 5, 2019) barricaded the Old Road Residence of Montserrado County District #10 Representative, Yekeh Y. Kolubah.
Old Road is situated outside Monrovia, Liberia’s Capital.

The armed police officers had gone to arrest Rep. Kolubah, but due to the huge presence of his(lawmaker) supporters and residents of the community, the police officers were unable to arrest Rep. Kolubah.

The attempted arrest of the controversial Montserrado lawmaker created serious pandemonium that lasted for nearly four hours, as the supporters of Rep. Kolubah and the community residents resisted the arrest of their lawmaker. However, Bomi County District #2 Representative, Edwin Melvin Snowe, and the Ambassador of ECOWAS to Liberia, Babatunde Asijomo moved in swiftly and intervened.

Rep. Kolubah remained indoor until Rep. Snowe and Amb. Ajisomo arrived at his residence to safely escort him out of his house. They successfully escorted Rep. Kolubah to the Headquarters of the LNP on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.  

Speaking live on the Truth Breakfast Show, Police Spokesman, Mr. H. Moses Carter, said the lawmaker (Kolubah) was invited by the police to answer to a complaint of attempted murder filed against him by a Liberian. 

Moses bragged that the police’s presence at the home of Rep. Kolubah was in line with LNP duties and responsibilities and should not be misconstrued.  

But Rep. Kolubah alleged that the order to have him arrested was masterminded by President George Manneh Weah through the Director General of the LNP Patrick Suddue.  

He asserted that no “unnecessary pressure” will deter him from fully participating in June 7 planned protest. “For us we know all of these things. These are scare tactics from the government; they think they can intimidate us, but they lie,” he accentuated.  

Nevertheless, the lawmaker was later released after being questioned by the police. At the same time, the main campus of the state-run University of Liberia (UL) on Capitol Hill Monrovia was another violent scene as police sprayed teargas to disperse UL students.  

The students had galvanized themselves and began throwing stones and chanting abusive songs in demand of the release of their leader. Carlo Edison, Chairman of the Student Unification Party (SUP), was said to have been arrested by police in connection with student politics on campus.

 It can be recalled that recently, the Government of Liberia(GoL) banned student politics on campus. The students, it was gathered, did not only throw stones and sang offensive songs; they also set up road blocks as well.  

Accordingly, as police moved on them, they retrieved into the main campus and continued to throw stones. The SUP Chairman was also later released by the police.  

The attempted arrest of Rep. Kolubah and the arrest of the SUP Chairman caused stir on Capitol Hill and drew the attention of dozens of onlookers and residents of the area. This latest development comes on the hells of the much publicized June 7 protest.  

Meanwhile, the protest would be carried out by a group under the banner of “Council of Patriots” (COP), and under the banner “Save the State.” 

COP comprises of members from the four leading opposition political parties namely; the immediate former ruling Unity Party (UP), Liberty Party (LP), Alternative National Congress (ANC) and the All Liberian Party (ALP) and lawmakers calling themselves “Independent Lawmakers.”  

While speculation is rife in some quarters of the Liberian society that the pending protest could be violent, organizers of the planned protest have persistently allayed fear that the protest would be peaceful. According to them, the protest is only intended to remind President Weah of his obligation to the Liberian people. 

In his address to the nation last week, President Weah pledged his absolute commitment to the protection of each and every right and freedom granted to each and every one of you under our Constitution. “It is the use of these freedoms, that will define us as a people. It is our toleration of political opposition and opposing ideas, that will enrich our national dialogue and discourse. It is our ability to manage this culture of freedom and tolerance for criticism, that can sustain our peace.”

In his meeting with Kassi Brou and the ECOWAS delegation recently, the President again expressed his determination to uphold the laws of Liberia, noting that Government is under obligation to provide equal protection for every citizen irrespective of his or her social, economic and political background.

The Liberian leader opined that while the Constitution is clear on the right of any group of Liberians to protest, and his government is under obligation to protect that right, it is equally the right of non-protesting Liberians to freely go about their normal businesses. “Since we took over the leadership of the country, we have placed no objection on anyone’s right to exercise their rights under the laws,” the President, adding, “We have all been advocating for that. “Those who want to exercise whatever right can go ahead to do so. Our hope is that it is done responsibly. Government has the right to defend and protect everyone’s right.”

The President has said that he and his Government have done everything possible, including meeting the proponents of the June 7 protest and other national stakeholders, in finding an amicable out-of-the-street solution to the current protest imbroglio and assured the ECOWAS delegation he was still ready and open to listen to any Liberian who has concerns relating to the wellbeing of the state and people.

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