Senator Prince Yormie Johnson of Nimba County has reported a narrow escape from death after a group of alleged armed men attempted to forcibly enter his home in Nimba last weekend.
Narrating his ordeal to his congregation during worship at his Christ of Faith Church in Paynesville, the man dubbed as “godfather” of Nimba politics said a group of men went to his residence at night with single barrel guns and cutlasses to assassinate him.
Senator Johnson, who was overwhelmingly re-elected in December, said he narrowly escaped after the attempted plot failed.
The former Field Marshall and leader of the disbanded rebels Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia or INPFL said he had never been attacked at his home before in Nimba until after his re-election recently.
“This happened last weekend after my re-election; I cannot tell how many men went to attack me at my home in Nimba; there was group of individuals armed with various dangerous objects, including single barrel guns, cutlasses and other harmful weapons,” he told his congregation on Sunday.
The senator, who is also an Evangelist, explained that the men approached the rear gate and attempted to enter the fence when one of his (PYJ) guards heard the noise from the gate and alerted his (PYJ’s) son.
Continuing, he said upon hearing from his son about the men at the gate, attempting to enter his home, he immediately contacted the police for rescue, saying, “When they noticed that the police were on their way to my house, the men immediately jumped into the swamp and escaped.”
The Nimba County lawmaker has accused individuals whom he said campaigned against his re-election of being behind the assassination plot.
However, he told the congregation to continue to believe in God for protection, adding that he is not afraid of anyone on earth, but God.
The ex-rebel leader said since he didn’t die during the Liberian Civil War when enemies fought to kill him, no one can take his life now.
PYJ commanded the brutal INPFL rebels that captured and butchered President Samuel Kanyon Doe in September, 1990 on Bushrod Island, suburb of Monrovia.
He was re-elected by the people of Nimba County on December 20, 2014 for another nine years in office. The Nimba County lawmaker has however maintained that he will never be voted out of the senate until he’s elected as President of the Republic of Liberia or willingly gives away the senatorial seat for retirement.