MONROVIA: National Port Authority (NPA), Managing Director, Bill Twehway, has for the first time, spoken on his lawsuit against controversial and wanted Liberian ‘Talk-Show’ host and Political Commentator, Mr. Henry Petrol Costa.
Mr. Twehway said Mr. Costa’s claim that he (Twehway) is connected to the deaths of some Liberian auditors has not only troubled his (Twehway’s) spirit, but also caused threats to his family.
The NPA Managing Director indicated that Costa’s allegation made against him concerning the recent deaths of some Liberian auditors has caused his daughter in the United States of America (not named) to suffer bullying by her friends in school. The situation, according to the NPA Managing Director, has caused a major damage to everything he ever worked for.
Mr. Twehway, speaking to journalists in Monrovia on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 upon his return from the nationwide tour carried out by President George Manneh Weah,” disclosed that he had been receiving calls from people believed to be family members of the fallen auditors, threatening to go after him (Bill Twehway).
Mr. Twehway dispelled the notion in some quarters that his lawsuit against talk-show Costa is intended to silent critical voices against his public service record.
The NPA boss stressed that the court is the best place to establish truth from defamation.
He said on numerous occasions, Henry Costa and his likes had published lies of all sorts against him, since he became the managing director of the National Port Authority, without a rebuttal or any action from him.
Twehway said he ignored all of the gibberish said about him because of his strong belief in free speech, but said, the claim of he taking the lives of reputable people in the Liberian society could not be taken lightly.
“It is criminal and a dangerous lie that must be dealt with in a court of competent jurisdiction,” the NPA Boss declared.
When quizzed on the contribution to Costa legal defense by some Liberians in the diaspora, Twehway said it was welcoming, but placed them in two categories:
“There are people who contributed to ensure that Costa gives no excuse of a legal defense so as to go to court and for once prove his allegation against me since many of them too had been victims of such lies but never had the courage to stand up. It is their way of pushing to know the truth,” he asserted.
He continues: “there are others whose contribution is motivated by hate against the government that they are unable to separate his private lawsuit against defamation, and the government. For example, Ben Sanvee, and others who claimed to stand for the truth only contributed to such person because of their dislike for the government and so would hope to make it appear as if our personal lawsuit is one of the government”.
Twehway however, rejected the notion which he said, is being displayed by few Liberians at home and in the Diaspora that it is a government versus Costa issue.
Twehway maintains that it is wrong for anyone to create such long lasting lies against another person, which puts his/her families in perpetual harm and shame.
The NPA Managing Director indicated that his lawsuit against Costa is his own way, as a citizen, seeking justice against falsehood and threat to his life and in creating a culture that people should be held liable for what they say and do to others.
On 22, February, 2021, Mr. Henry Costa posted on his facebook page that a lawsuit has been filed against him in the US State of Delaware by Mr. Twehway’s legal team.
Mr. Costa had accused Mr. Twehway of having his hands in the death of Internal Audit Agency Director General, Emmanuel B. Nyeswa and three financial professionals working for the Liberia Revenue Authority.
The four-Gifty Lama, Alfred Peters, George Flahnboto and Nyeswa, died in October 2020, under circumstances deemed mysterious by Liberians.
According to the plaintiff, the statements made by Defendant Costa, were known to be false at the time they were made with reckless disregard for their falsity and were intended to cause injury to Mr. Twehway.
In the complaint, the plaintiff is seeking for an order, compelling Defendant Henry Costa to retract his statements which are deemed derogatory.
The legal team of the NPA boss wants a judgment against Costa awarding the plaintiff compensatory damages, including attorney’s fees and punitive damages against Costa.