Sen. Zargo Wants Koijee Suspended -In Connection to July 26 Violence

The Senate Committee Chair on Defense and Lofa County Senator Steve Zargo has called for the immediate suspension of Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson Koijee pending investigations into the July 26, 2022 Independence Day violence that left scores of the students dehumanized, brutalized and wounded at the hands of members of the CDC-COP.

Senator Zargo made the call on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, when he briefed the press hours after the President George Weah addressed the nation and mandated a speedy investigation of the incident, and that the perpetrators should face the full weight of the law.

According to the Lofa County Senator, it is alleged that Mayor Koijee was a staunch supporter of the July 26 bloody counter-protest that left several others with major and minor injuries.

The senator is therefore recommending that the president exercise his constitutional right by suspending the Monrovia City Mayor pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation into the July 26 violence at the entrances of the US Embassy near Monrovia.

Senator Zargo also used the occasion to alarm over the purchase of a pickup bearing the banner “CDC-COP, and called on investigators to ensure that the financier of said gesture be brought to book.

The Lofa County Senator frowned at President George Weah for his late response to the July 26 incident because of its sensitive nature and venue of occurrence.

Meanwhile, the Liberia National Police on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 arrested seven persons in connection to the July 26 violence.

Those arrested include: Kendrick S. Pelenah, 30, Joshua S. Karr, 28, Pukar Roberts, 36, Ben B. Togbah, 25 and Foday N. Massaquoi, 23. Others are: Aaron K. Chea, 26 and Abdurahman Barrie, 37.

According to a release from the LNP, a manhunt has been launched for the remaining individuals and will shortly solicit the assistance of the public by releasing names and photographs of the wanted persons.

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