Monrovia Panicked!

-As High Profile Mysterious Deaths Pierce Nation’s Soul; Indeed Very Disturbing; Who Knows What Evil Lures In The Hearts Of Some Men?


In less than two weeks, Monrovia’s (Capital City of Liberia) once glowing image of joy, comfort and hospitality has practically been subdued by a seriously chronic silent rage perpetuated by some blood-thirsty individuals who even hide their faces from the night; and while turning the latter (Monrovia) into a panicked city with four high profile characters of similar profession found dead mysteriously, more than one just looking his or her shoulders; the  chilly question on most people’s lips is who next?

Quite recently, two senior staff members of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) were mysteriously found dead in a parked car on Broad Street opposite the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Monrovia. The deaths victims- Mr. Albert Peters, Assistant Commissioner for Audit and Mrs. Gifty Lama, Acting Manager for Tax Services was soon followed by another employee from the same LRA allegedly an auditor, by the Liberia National Police’s spokesman Moses Carter dismissed report that he was an audit and did not die mysteriously rather died from an accident when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving after he rammed into a house, injured a man, and was later taken to the John F. Kennedy where he was pronounced dead upon arrival, a story most people doubted upon hearing the alleged startling revelation from disclosed by Henry P. Costa in his Facebook account.

Then the saddest news landed, rocked the nation and placed most professionals in the state of total panic when the again, the mysterious death of the Director-General of Internal Audit Agency (IAA) Emmanuel Barthan Nyeswa was announced bring to four the number of auditors found dead in less than two weeks with grave looming puzzle over the cause of death or who are those reportedly linked from a conspiracy theory point of view.

So true, Monrovia panicked. When people died mysteriously as though the security network comprised police and other professional security institutions appeared flatfooted to abort some of the manner and form in which the perpetrators go about targeting and then getting rid of their victims is being conducted makes one to think so deeply, observe very carefully; then begin to realize that if not the happening of natural causes, then these happenings could again and then be discovered if one thinks deeply and observes carefully as long as one also keeps in mind that each man or woman is valuable for his or her own sake.

This nation is rapidly sliding into unwarranted cruelty recklessly unleashed in a mysterious fashion that leaves behind more questions than answers and the less one finds out, the more quizzical the entire episode becomes. Those who even hide their faces from the night are also aware of what the Reggae Legend Bob Marley once said that if night could turn to day, a lot of people would run away. But the question is, away where that the long arm of justice will not reach and expose them? The city is panicked and the people are nervously jittery what will become of their next move.

At the same time, circumstances surrounding Nyeswa ‘s death remain low-cut, but some reports pointed out the incident occurred at about 2 am Saturday morning after he (Nyeswa)  left an entertainment center  Congo Town back road  area where he and friends had been until he went home after midnight.

The Liberia National Police barricaded the entrance of his residence on Saturday and prevented reporters, family and friends entry until they could complete a forensic investigation within the compound.

The police which stopped journalists and others from entering the late Nyeswa’s residence due to what they referred to conducting an investigation forensically, could not say the cause of death instead  noted that the option  may be a fall from  up.

Moreover, the FrontPageAfrica reported that circumstances surrounding Nyeswa’s death remain strange. While it is believed that he fell from the top floor through a window of his one-storey building and died instantly, others also believe that he may have been aggressively pushed from the top floor which is about 30ft from the ground, but the police say they are investigating the cause of death and would keep the public abreast.

Meanwhile, the Daily Observer newspaper has also published that it has been followed. It writes, I present professional greetings and write to bring to your attention two suspicious incidents which I perceive to be as threats to the Daily Observer as an independent media institution operating in Liberia. In a nutshell: We have reason to believe that we are being followed and targeted. 

The following is a narration of what members of the Daily Observer staff observed and experienced between the hours of 10 p.m. on Thursday, October 8 and 3 a.m. on Friday October 9, 2020.

As we concluded the production for our Friday, October 9, 2020 edition, I had a strong urge that, though I was driving myself home that night and the office vehicle was taking the rest of the staff, we should all leave the office together.

When we left, the office vehicle escorted me to my gate and then proceeded to drop other staff members, one of who lives in central Monrovia. That was around 2:30 a.m. Friday morning.

When the office car reached central Monrovia on the early morning of Friday, October 9, 2020 at about 3 a.m., another staff member was being dropped off. While disembarking from the right side of our vehicle, the staffer and the driver saw a grey Nissan Pathfinder, all glasses up, tinted, without license plate slowed down near our vehicle on the opposite side of the street, on Crown Hill, for some seconds. The staffer closed the car door and looked to see what was going on and, apparently, when the occupants of the Pathfinder realized they had been noticed, they pulled off.

However, strange things are in slow motion occupying center-stage once again, and with the December senatorial by-election brewing  violence and grave tension, the United States Department through its Secretary of Staten Mike Pompeo made it  vividly  clear in its report to all nations practicing democracy.

Accordingly, despite the stern warning embedded in the report from the U.S. State Department with specified actions to be meted out against those who will interfere in the democratic (election) process through violence, repression and intimidation;  Liberians who will also be going to the polls in December to elect 15 of 30 senators; already, violence and intimidation as well as electoral manipulations have begun to gradually creep in the electoral process as opposition figures are becoming weary of what they are terming as “State sponsored violence” directed at them, while the National Elections Commission (NEC) is being accused of engaging in fraudulent activities especially in regard to the voter roll update.

The US Secretary of State, Mr. Mike Pompeo in the report pledged his government’s commitment to supporting free, fair, inclusive elections on the African continent.

Secretary of State Pompeo said that the conduct of elections is important not only for Africans, but also for defenders of democracy around the world. “We believe all sides should participate peacefully in the democratic process. Repression and intimidation have no place in democracies,” he noted.

With these moves, which appear more proactive, the US government is resolved to no longer be passive in administering oversight responsibilities as the world super power, and now seem more proactive in safeguarding democratic values and tenets across the world, especially in parts of the world that adhere or practices the democratic form of government, Pompeo pointed out.

“The right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression and association are at the heart of a functioning democracy,” the US top Diplomat stated, adding that adherence to these democratic norms and the rule of law allows all citizens to engage in political dialogue and support their choice of candidates, parties, and platforms.

He continues, “we will watch closely the actions of individuals who interfere in the democratic process and will not hesitate to consider consequences — including visa restrictions — for those responsible for election-related violence. As long-time partners to the nations of Africa, we care about the region’s democratic trajectory and are committed to working constructively with international and regional partners”.

-Writes GDJ




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