By: Matthew H.Turry
MONROVIA – The legal team of Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson Tamba Koijee, headed by Cllr. Arthur T. Johnson, has put up a $5,000 United States dollars check reward for anyone who provides information leading to the arrest of individuals involved in the recent armed robbery attack on the home Cllr. Gloria Musu Scott.
Cllr. Arthur Johnson said the bounty is in a blank check of US$5,000 to be given to anyone who will provide concrete information leading to the arrest of would-be perpetrator (s) of the armed robbery attack on the home of Cllr. Gloria Musu Scott.
Addressing a press conference over the weekend at his Central Monrovia Office, Cllr. Johnson, while displaying the check to the press, stressed that this is in addition to the recent US$5,000 bounty previously announced by the authorities of the Liberia National Police through its Inspector General Col. Patrick Sudue during a major news conference.
Johnson also indicated that the legal team of Mayor Koijee does not necessarily have to control the bounty if the public so wishes, adding the check can be turned over to the Ministry of Justice or the Liberia National Police for transparency purposes.
He further stressed that anyone who will come forth with such information, his/ her security and confidentiality will be highly guaranteed and protected.
Cllr. Johnson intimated that Mayor Koijee did not put up a bounty in addition to what the LNP had announced to shield himself from the claims made against him by Cllr. Jerome Verdier and any other Liberian in the country.
He noted that the bounty is a demonstration of the Monrovia City Mayor’s support to the Police full investigation to ensure that individual (s) involved in the act be brought to justice.
Meanwhile, Cllr. Arthur Johnson has announced a lawsuit against Cllr. Jerome Verdier, the accuser of his client. He added that the lawsuit will affect all of his client’s accusers both home and abroad, including Cllr. Verdier.
This follows days after the former Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission linked the Monrovia City Mayor to an armed robbery attack on the home of former Chief Justice, Cllr Gloria Musu Scott.
Cllr. Verdier alleged that Mayor Koijee orchestrated the attack on Cllr. Scott which led to the death of Miss Charloe Musu, who is believed to be the daughter of the former Chief Justice, and another female who was also injured at her Brewerville City residence.
Cllr Johnson told journalists that the lawsuit, when filed against Cllr. Verdier and others will prove the linkage of the Monrovia City Mayor to the tragedy through the court of competent jurisdiction with substantial evidence.
At the same time, Cllr. Arthur Johnson is calling on the Liberian government to conduct an independent autopsy on the body of the late Charloe Musu.
Mayor Koijee’s legal representation also admonished the international community to develop interest in the matter and ensure that an autopsy is conducted to establish if the deceased was tempered with.
Cllr Johnson meanwhile decried several missteps on the part of the police in the ongoing investigation into the murder of Charlotte Musu
He stated that when the crime was committed, the police failed to take the necessary steps including the processing of the crime scene. He added that the police are yet to lift the fingerprint of the perpetrator which is fundamental to the investigation, rather than responding to propaganda.
“The fact that the child was slaughtered, I expect the police to lift the fingerprint of the person who perpetrated the act. This is a formal practice in criminal investigations such as this. The police have yet to do so since the incident. This is fundamental to the investigation,” Cllr. Johnson noted.