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Liberia: Isaac Vah arrested or missing?

Liberia: Hours after he tendered his resignation as Chief of Office Staff to the Political Leader of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), on Tuesday, Feb. 1, Mr. Isaac Vah Tukpah has been reported arrested while attempting to leave the country at 11:45 PM via the Sierra Leone border in Capemount.

Mr. Tukpah, co-author of the book ‘George Weah, The Dream, The Legend, The Rise To Power,’ came under widespread public criticism on Tuesday for detailed explicit sex accounts he provided in the book prompting the ANC leader Alexander Cummings to request his resignation, which he did.

But sources say Tukpah received several threats on his life and was tipped off at the highest levels that his life was in danger and to leave the country immediately.

According to the source, an account confirmed by former Cummings Chief of Staff Moriah Yeakula, Vah then proceeded to leave the country Tuesday night to Sierra Leone via a border crossing point in Grand Capemount County.

The source said there, he was arrested by Liberian Immigration officer at the Sierra Leonean border checkpoint in Tienne and reportedly taken to the Bo Waterside border post.

“They all had his photo in their phones and said that he was wanted by the Liberian government, even though he hasn’t been charged with any crime and no warrant for his arrest has been issued,” a unanimous tester said in a message sent to this paper.

Other accounts say officers of the Joint Security headed by the Liberia Immigration Service intercepted Issac Vah Tukpah at Tienne inland Checkpoint in Grand Cape Mount County at around 11: 45pm.

“He was asked by those officers to have himself identify so as to know the individual that was traveling at that time of the night.

He was said to have presented a Liberian and an American driving licenses.

He was traveling at the time of the night when all of the borders were closed and due to his safety, those officers decided to keep him at the checkpoint until daylight.

He was traveling with no official traveling documents and is currently at the Bo Waterside Border Crossing Point.”

Mr. Cummings had asked Tukpah to step aside after excerpts of the book, which purported to give personal explicit sex account of the president were being circulated on social media.

The ANC Leader: “This morning, I asked for and received the immediate resignation of my Chief of Office Staff, Mr. Isaac Vah Tukpah.

This is despite the fact that a book which is the object of my concern was written long before Isaac joined our team. Since joining the team, Mr. Tukpah has served with diligence and professionalism, and I have come to respect and admire his work. My decision was not taken lightly because I value Isaac’s works and contributions.

However, the standards of alternative leadership for our country that we have set for ourselves, now and in the future, are particularly higher than the usual, and we are determined to maintain it. It means we must stand with all those who are right, when they are right, even if they are not our friends, and refuse to stand with those who are wrong, even if they are our friends and workmates.

I will continue to do so because this is the example of the quality of leadership that our country desperately needs to change course, and improve the lives of Liberians.

The book, co-authored by Mr. Tukpah, reveals an alleged discussion by a husband, Mr. George Weah of his wife.

The revelation of the alleged discussion exposes a deviant behavior in our society in the continuous disrespect and denigration of girls and women; I find the publication of the alleged discussion to be an error of judgment which in itself has the effect of enabling and fueling such reprehensible behaviors of men disrespecting women.

This certainly does not excuse the alleged disrespectful and privately invasive discussion by a husband of his wife, which I find to be disgraceful and offensive.

In our response to the President’s SONA, I spoke about the need to cleanse the soul of our nation. As leaders, and especially as men, on issues of gender and equality of women, which stains the nation’s soul, it falls upon all of us, especially men, to be good examples for those younger than us who look up to us, beginning in our own families.

We must always show the highest consideration and respect for women and girls, especially our wives.

I can only hope that the alleged discussion, by our now President, as revealed in the book about his wife is not true. If it is, it is unacceptable, distasteful and a bad example, which should not be tolerated.”


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