“Vah Was Never Arrested” -GOL: Tukpah Free to Live in Liberia or Leave

MONROVIA – In the wake of widespread reports that the controversial former ANC Chief of Office Staff had been arrested by state security at a border checkpoint in Grand Cape Mount while allegedly fleeing for his life after excerpts of his malicious coauthored book against the First Family had been circulated on the Internet, the Government of Liberia has come out to categorically refute those media reports, stating that Mr. Tukpah was never arrested, and that the Government is instead surprised that Mr. Tukpah will attempt to leave the country through unrecognized points when there are well-known border posts. The Government of Liberia further noted that a plausible motive for Mr. Tukpah could be his well-calculated intention to malign the Weah administration by suggesting that it was after his life if he had succeeded in his diabolical orchestration to flee the country.

Making its position known about the current status of Mr. Isaac Vah Tukpah, who co-authored a book containing obscene and defaming materials against the First Family of the Republic of Liberia, the Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism (MICAT), said in press release issued Wednesday, February 2, 2022 that Mr. Tukpah, who attempted fleeing the country on Tuesday night using an unauthorized crossing in Tienii, Grand Capemount County, was instead prevented from doing so because the borders were already closed and for his safety.

“Mr. Tukpah was without the appropriate travel documents, in addition to attempting to cross when the borders were officially closed. This claimed the attention of the assigned immigration officer who acted in accordance with law and decided that he be held for safety reasons, given the late hours of his surreptitious attempt to leave the country. Mr. Isaac Vah Tukpah was brought to the Liberian Immigration Headquarters in Monrovia on Wednesday morning and turned over to his lawyers,” the MICAT released indicated, clarifying that President Weah has specifically said Mr. Tukpah is not being sought after by the Government, and he is therefore free to live in Liberia or travel out of the country if he so chooses.

“There is a legal recourse, whether here or in the U. S. That decision is left to the President’s family and all those maligned”, Information Minister Ledgerhood Rennie said, while emphasizing that the Government believes in the rule of law and human rights.

The Information Minister reminded Liberians of the enviable human rights record of the Weah-led Government which it remains committed to upholding despite the many unprovoked and unwarranted political ploys to tarnish the country’s reputation.

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