MONROVIA – Following the heinous attack on the residence of former Chief Justice Gloria Musu-Scott which led to the gruesome murder of Miss Charloe Musu and injuries to other members of the family, the renowned jurist and the Musu family have categorically rejected to the statement from the Liberia National Police (LNP) which accordingly insinuated that “the assassin might have been a domestic worker only because there had been hired electricians working in the house on that fateful day, even though there were two initial attacks on the 8th and 9th of February 2023, two nights in a row, which were reported to the Police”.
In a statement issued over weekend, Cllr. Musu-Scott said the family was taken aback with such statement from the police that is far from the reality, and suggests that the police knew the facts but decided to play around the truth.
“Let us make it clear that when these two previous attacks took place, there were no contractors, and interestingly, the attackers did not take any valuables. Instead, they searched every document they could lay hands on, giving us reason to believe that the attacks which resulted into the death of a promising young woman were also meant to recover some documents they perceive or believe we had in our possession. They also disabled some systems in the former Chief Justice’s car, which from all indications appeared to have been another means of carrying out their criminal plan. To make the attacks seem like a burglary, they took away a 25kg bag of rice. This clearly suggests to us that the Police knew the facts even before conducting the investigation.
“It is important to note that since the third attack, gruesome murder and taking away of former Chief Justice Scott’s personal laptops and phones, which again was reported to the Police on Wednesday between 10 to 11pm, no arrest has been made. When the Police arrived on the scene, they took away the two Private Security officers and a male family member of ours (Uncle Chumu). Following the last two attacks, Uncle Chumu, seeing that government did not lift a finger to provide any form of protection for the former Chief Justice and her family had decided to be spending the nights with us to help keep watch along with the Private Security. These three men, to the best of our knowledge are still in Police custody.
“On Friday, Police spent several hours with our son Godson Kollie at our 16th Street residence, saying they (Police) were taking statement from him. After their many hours of interview with Godson, it was then that they asked the Electricians (Contractors) who had come to 16th Street to receive their pay to go along with them to the National Police Headquarters”, the statement said.
The statement further said that the family was inclined to believe that had any other government official’s premises been attacked twice and alarmed, government would have taken action to avert what happened, adding, it is for the public to judge this and other murders which have happened in our country.
Just as she spoke on the day immediately after the incident when prominent people including the Standard Bearer of the Liberian People’s Party (LPP) Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe had gone to express their sympathy, the family once again wondered what wrong could Cllr. Musu Scott had done in her long service to the country in various capacities including Minister of Justice, Senator of Maryland County, Chairperson of the National Elections Commission, among others. Cllr. Scott also questioned the rationale of the government deploying police at her residence when damage was already done.
“Our family’s biggest question is “What has Former Chief Justice Scott and the Musu Family done to warrant all this?” We firmly call on the government to investigate this and other murders and bring the perpetrators to justice. We will not hesitate to enlist the help of the International Community through the diplomatic missions to ensure that this is not swept under the carpet.
“We are also baffled by what seems redundant, the deployment of Police after we have been forced in a situation we can never forget. Even by Bog-Standard, the state/Police has a duty to protect all citizens regardless of social strata, political affiliation or belief or religion; but conversely, the former Chief Justice alarmed about the deadly attacks and threats in vain”, the statement said.
The family also said used the statement to inform the public and the international community that the government was made duly aware through the Police Depot in Brewerville and the Attorney General and Minister of Justice of the Republic of Liberia after the first, second and even the third attacks which saw the gruesome murder of Charloe Musu, a prospective graduate of the Starz University College, the stabbing of Alice Johnson, wounding of Gertrude Newton and the attempt on the life of former Chief Justice Gloria Scott, a family tower and a stateswoman who has given herself to the service of the nation and People of Liberia.
The statement then expressed its gratitude to score of citizens, friends, sympathizers, professional colleagues, organizations, and current and former officials of government and diplomatic missions in and out of the country who visited, called, texted them or made public condemnation including but not limited to Her Honor Sie-A-Nyene Gyapay Yuoh, Chief Justice; Associate Justices, Judges and Magistrates, Her Excellency, Chief Dr. Jewel Howard Taylor, Vice President of the Republic of Liberia; Hon. Dr. Bhofal Chambers, Speaker and members of the House of Representatives, Senators Steve Amadu Zargo, Abraham Darius Dillon, Jonathan Boye Charles Sogbie, Commany Wesseh, The Maryland County Legislative Caucus and citizens, Former Chief Justice, His Honor Francis S. Korkpor, Sr., Cllr. Sylvester D. Rennie, President, Executives and members of the Liberian National Bar Association – LNBA; Atty. Philomena T. Williams, President, Executives and members of the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia – AFELL; Rev. Dr. Samuel Reeves, President, Executives and members of the Liberia Council of Churches – LCC; the UN Women, Amb. Joseph Nyuma Boakai, Political Leader; National Chairman, Executives and members of the Unity Party – UP; Senator Nyonblee Karngar-Lawrence, Political Leader, Executives and members of the Liberty Party – LP; Cllr. Tiawan Saye Gongloe, Political Leader, National Chairman, Executives and members of the Liberia People’s Party – LPP; Rev. David GB Kiamu, Political Leader, National Chairman, Executives and members of the Democratic People’s Party of Liberia – DPPL; and Cllr. Frank Musa Dean, Attorney General and Minister of Justice.