Authorities of the Liberia National Police have mandated the leadership of the opposition party Congress for Democracy Change or CDC to produce the living body of its Youth Wing Chairman Jefferson Koijii.
Police Director Gregory Coleman on Monday, 24 October at 10 A.M. invited the leadership of the youth wing of the CDC on its recent claims that the police killed four suspected criminals alias ‘zogos’ during a recent raid throughout Monrovia.
The Liberian National Police Headquarters on Capitol Hill was heavily guarded by officers of the Police Support Unit and the elite Emergency Response Unit, respectively with Deputy Director for Operations, Col. Abraham Kromah seen visibly in every corner of the premises, ensuring that all security tools are in tact Ordinary citizens, who had gone to the Temple to Justice for official business, were denied of using the police premises and redirected to take the Tubman Blvd route.
Recently, Youth Wing Chair Koijii in a press conference accused the police of killing four suspected criminals rounded up from the streets. But he failed to name the purported four individuals that were reportedly killed by the police under the mandate of Col. Abraham Kromah or to identify the victims’ families and when they were killed.
Following the accusation, the police under the watchful eyes of newly commissioned Inspector General Col. Gregory Coleman invited officials of the CDC alongside youth wing officials to provide evidence on the claims made against the police in order to commence investigation.
At the hearing of the accusation yesterday before the police panel headed by Col. Coleman at the headquarters of the police in Monrovia Koijii was conspicuously absent, but the National Vice Chairman of party Mr. MulbahMorlu was in attendance.
Following heated debate between both parties, Inspector General Coleman requested the CDC to identify the alleged victims and their family members, including the source of the information by Thursday, October 27, so the police can determine the way forward to the case.
When Police Spokesman Sam Collins was contacted via mobile yesterday evening, he said authorities of the police are demanding that CDC produces the living body of Koijii by Thursday to conclude ongoing investigation.
But Mr. Morlu told this paper that Mr. Koijii had traveled to the United States prior to the invitation from the police. It is yet unclear whether the CDC will produce Mr. Koijii before the investigative pane this week as requested.
Koijii has been a controversial figure in the CDC. It may be recalled that in 2014, he similarly alleged that the Minister of Defense Brownie Samukai and key government officials were planning to overthrow the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf-led administration, which is yet to be substantiated.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor-Editing by Jonathan Browne