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Friday, June 14, 2024

REV. EMMANUEL NIMELY DENIES ALLEGATIONS OF VISA SCAM: CLAIMS POSSESSION OF EXONERATING DOCUMENTS

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MONROVIA, LIBERIA – Rev. Emmanuel Nimely, the former Religious Advisor to ex-President George Weah, has publicly denied allegations of involvement in a visa scam for the first time since his arrest. Speaking on Monday, June 3, 2024, while being escorted by police at the Liberia National Police (LNP) headquarters on Capitol Hill, Monrovia, Rev. Nimely asserted, “All the allegations against me are false and misleading; I have all documents in my possession.”

Rev. Nimely’s arrest on Sunday, June 2, 2024, stems from accusations that he duped several Liberians by promising to facilitate their migration to Australia. According to reports, he allegedly charged at least US$700 per person, claiming the fee was for visa processing. The victims, who had hoped to secure Australian visas through Rev. Nimely’s assistance, paid the amounts in good faith. However, when the promised visas failed to materialize, suspicions arose, leading to formal complaints against him.

The accusations have sparked considerable controversy, given Rev. Nimely’s prominent role as a religious advisor during George Weah’s presidency. His arrest occurred while he was en route to a church service at the Forky Klon Jlaleh Family Fellowship Center, a church owned and pastored by former President Weah.

Rev. Nimely was taken into custody, handcuffed, and detained late Sunday, creating a stir within the community and among his supporters. Despite the serious nature of the allegations, Rev. Nimely remains adamant about his innocence, suggesting that he possesses documentation that could clear his name.

As the investigation continues, the Liberia National Police are working to gather all pertinent information and testimonies related to the case. The legal process is expected to scrutinize the evidence presented by both the victims and Rev. Nimely.

The unfolding case has drawn significant public interest, with many awaiting further developments and the potential implications for Rev. Nimely’s reputation and career. The LNP has assured the public of a thorough and unbiased investigation to ensure justice is served.

In the meantime, Rev. Nimely’s assertion of possessing exonerating documents will be a critical focal point in the ongoing investigation and any subsequent legal proceedings. The case highlights the broader issues of trust and accountability, particularly involving individuals in positions of influence and authority.

Socrates Smythe Saywon
Socrates Smythe Saywon is a Liberian journalist. You can contact me at 0777425285 or 0886946925, or reach out via email at saywonsocrates@smartnewsliberia.com or saywonsocrates3@gmail.com.

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