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‘Bloody 26’ Instigators Risk Arrest …As CDC-COP Takes Responsibility of Its Actions & Inactions

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By: E. Geedahgar Garsuah, Sr.

MONROVIA: In an apparent attempt to curtail the growing wave of violence that is seemingly becoming the order-of-the-day, President George Manneh Weah has mandated the Ministry of Justice in collaboration with all other apparatus of the security sector to without delay arrest individuals found liable for the violence occurrence that greeted Liberia’s 175th Independence Anniversary.

President Weah: “I have mandated the Ministry of Justice and the entire national security apparatus to immediately arrest all those involved in the violent incident on July 26, 2022 and ensure that they face the full weight of the law”.

The Liberian Leader, who is a global ex-soccer icon recognized and accredited for his peaceful nature pointed out that individuals who claimed to admire his political ideology since taking over the presidency of African’s oldest nation, must also emulate his peaceful lifestyle.

Speaking to the nation on Monday, August 1, 2022, President Weah in an unequivocal tone condemned the Tuesday, July 26, 2022 violence incident that resulted into the brutalization of several persons including student Christopher Walter Sisulu Sivil of the Students Unification Party (SUP).

He said: “Fellow Liberians, the main purpose of my address today, is to denounce in the strongest terms, the violence which was perpetrated by some youth in the early hours of July 26, when Liberians at home and abroad were just preparing to celebrate such an important day for the country”.

The Liberian Chief Executive has at the same time distanced his Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) that is currently in a political marriage with the National Patriotic Party (NPP) of Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor and the Liberia People’s Democratic Party (LPDP) of former House Speaker J. Alex Tyler now under the banner of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) from the group under the nomenclature CDC-Council of Patriots (CDC-COP) widely accused of being the instigator of the bloody 26 celebration.

President Weah: “I also want to stress, as the founding father of the Congress for Democratic Change, now the Coalition for Democratic Change, that we do not have any CDC-COP within our organization”.

According to President Weah, acts of violence has no place in the new Liberia. He asserted that there have been not a single trait of violence in his upbringing as such, those who claimed to love him must express their love in a none-violence approach and do away with acts that have the proclivity to paint a negative picture of his character to the rest of the global community.

“Violence is totally unacceptable. I have stressed in all my public engagements the need to maintain the hard-earned peace that we now enjoy. This is a cause for which I have lent personal sacrifice-as an Ambassador of peace.

So if you claim to love me or follow my political ideology, you cannot do so with violence.
Anyone or group that has my image on a banner in support of me and my Government has to be peaceful, respectful and tolerant. You cannot support a man of peace by being violent,” President Weah added.

He has at the same time mandated the Ministry of Health under the supervision of Minister Wilhelmina Jallah to ensure that all those who sustained injuries owing to the bloody incident on 26 day are provided treatment on the expense of the Government of Liberia (GoL).

President Weah: “I have also instructed the Minister of Health to ensure that all those who sustained injuries during the violent attack be given the best medical treatment at the expense of the government.
Liberia remains a country of laws”.

The CDC-COP, the group suspected to be liable for the bloody ‘26’ incident is a breakaway faction of Council of Patriots (CoP) which is widely accredited for the peaceful conduct of the famous June 7 protest at the grounds of Capitol Building.

The Council of Patriots from which the CDC-COP broke away, is headed by controversial radio talk show host, Henry Pedro Costa, an uncompromising critic of President Weah and his regime.

Costa is also purported to be a member of the opposition All Liberian Party (ALP) of businessman turned politician, Benoni Wilfred Urey.

The COP, initially comprised of prominent opposition figures including Montserrado County Senator, Abraham Darius Dillon; Montserrado Electoral District #10 Representative, Yekeh Kolubah; and Mo Ali, Unity Party (UP) former Secretary General amongst others.

Ambassador Rufus Neufville, former Montserrado Electoral District #8 Representative, also a founding member of COP, later resigned from the group on grounds that Henry Pedro Costa was singlehandedly running the organization for personal aggrandizement.

He later formed the Independent Council of Patriots (ICOP). The current status of the Neufville’s ICOP led group, remains unclear at the moment.

However, the current head of the CDC-COP, Mr. Benjamin Believed Togba, now said to be wanted by the Liberia National Police (LNP) for bearing the greatest responsibility of the bloody July 26 incident was once believed to be a protégé of Henry Pedro Costa and Millionaire Benoni Wilfred Urey.

According to multiple reports, Benjamin Believed Togba is on record of being a staunch critic of the CDC-led government during its early formation, later resigned from the COP on similar allegation made by Ambassador Rufus Neufville that Costa was using the group’s name for personal gains.

There are several unconfirmed accounts that Minister of State, Nathaniel McGill, Finance Minister Samuel Tweah and Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson Tamba Koijee were masterminds behind Benjamin resignation from the original COP.

In another development, the purported pro-regime group, which, since the Independence Day Celebration in Liberia, has been at the center of vehement and widespread condemnations from different facets of the Liberian society, welcomed President George Weah’s message of maintaining the peace in Liberia.

“We also reiterate that CDC-COP is an independent nonviolent civil rights and political movement that chose to support the government based on our unwavering love for the country and the magnanimous transformations being implemented by the government; therefore, we take full responsibility for our actions and inactions,” the group said.

The CDC-COP, among others, maintained that “the unfortunate scene on July 26, 2022, near the American Embassy in Monrovia is a calculated plan by the failed opposition politicians to use youths and students to instigate violence and defame the government,” headed by President George Manneh Weah.

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