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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

LIBERIA: CESS SAYS CLLR. COOPER KRUAH IS A HIGH RISK TO PEACE, SECURITY AND STABILITY

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MONROVIA, LIBERIA – The Center For Economic Crimes and Security Studies (CESS) says that as Liberia transitioned into another democratic corridor with the peaceful transfer of power by the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) government to the Unity Party, it’s gravely concerned about the security of the of Liberia by the government of President Joseph Nyuma Boakai – and believes that the recent nomination of Cllr. Cooper Kruah as Minister of Justice, Attorney General and Chairman of the Joint Security is a high risk to the country’s peace, security, and stability.

In a press statement issued today through its Acting National Director Isaac Weah Saywon notes that President Boakai’s action can be seen as outsourcing the security of the state to the defunct Violent Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia (INPFL) under the supervision of the blood thirst murder Prince Y. Johnson.

CESS’ statement further notes that it is more troubling because Rebel Leader Prince Y. Johnson has promised/ revealed during one of his services in 2023, that he has more than 1000 men to mobilized in a twinkle of an eye to protect the INPFL at all cost, even though, the 2003 Accra Peace Agreement dismantled all armed factions in Liberia.

“Similarly, on January 28, 2024, the Rebel Leader also repeated his statement but escalated it that there will be chaos and abnormality should in case the war and economic crime court were established,” the statement states.

According to CESS, it is troubled based on the following reasons:

1. The Ministry of Justice and the joint security will be run by the brutal Rebel Leader Prince Y. Johnson.

2. There exists a potential of the rearming of the INPFL using state security apparatus under the MOJ to achieve the end objectives of the notorious rebel movement.

3. The Four American CATHOLIC NUNs who were on religious and humanitarian assignment in Liberia were raped and gruesomely murdered and the over 250, 000 Liberians killed, may not have justice anytime soon or never seen daylight with the Notorious Rebel Leader Prince Y. Johnson having oversight of the MOJ and the Joint security.

4. Critical voices and the free press will be muzzled as promised by the notorious Rebel Leader Prince Y. Johnson when threatening Voice of Liberia CEO Sekou Sheriff of closing his radio station after he takes over the Ministry of Justice.

CESS finds it difficult to comprehend why President Baokai with his experience will conspire to undermine the peace, security and safety of the Liberian people by outsourcing the security of the state to the INPFL masquerading as a political party.

Besides, the sitting as a Justice Minister of the defunct INPFL will not hold those affiliating with the INPFL accountable for unexplained wealth.

CESS strongly maintains that it is troubling, sad and one of the darkest movements for our emerging democracy for the entire security of the state to be outsourced by the Boakai-led government in the hands of MDR, a political party that is an offspring and founded on the mantra of the INPFL, a notorious former rebel group led by the infamous warlord, Prince Y. Johnson that slaughtered countless of peaceful citizens in broad daylight.

CESS noted that the demand from Warlord Prince Johnson for the Justice Ministry, EPS director and Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) are not favorable signs for our emerging democracy, and called on President Joseph Nyumah Boakai to keenly observe and revert this horrible nightmare that is about to befall the nation with the entire security in the hands of the MDR, an offspring of the former INPFL which has a sinister motive that needs to be averted.

CESS is of the conviction that genuine democracy and justice will prevail only if those who have perpetrated heinous crimes against the nation and its people are made to account for their actions then window dressing them for political gains at the detriment of the nation.

In view of the foregoing, CESS calls on President Boakai to without delay withdraw the nomination of Cllr. Cooper Kruah or be seen as an enabler on the potential rearming of the INPFL and the havoc they may potentially cause the Liberian people.

In conclusion, the CESS will elevate this matter to all of its partners globally, particularly the US Congress on a calculated scheme to delay justice on the raped and gruesome murder of the four catholic nuns.

About CESS: The Center for Economic Crimes and Security Studies (CESS) was founded in 2021, with the sole objectives of fighting crimes in the public interest and also carrying in-depth security studies in the Mano River Union basins. 

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