17 October 2013

Liberia: 'CDC Official Is a Person of Interest' - Govt Says - Wants Him Provide Details On Planned Assassination

The Liberian government is mounting pressure on the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) Youth Wing Chairman Jefferson Koiji to provide more and detailed information on his revelation regarding a planned assassination plot against President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

The Liberia National Police in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice has extended an invitation to Koiji to report to any depot including the headquarters of the LNP in Monrovia for investigation.

Police spokesman Sam Collins who made the revelation Wednesday that the invitation is intended for the CDC youth leader to provide information to the police and other state security apparatus on the alleged assassination of President Sirleaf; noting that he is a person of interest.

Koiji recently alleged that some prominent individuals in and out of government had hatched plans to assassinate the president upon return to the country from the United States where she spent sometimes.

President Sirleaf returned home last week amidst high security alert stemming from tension from her supporters and opponents.

The CDC strongman told a news conference at the time that Defense Minister Brownie Samukai, Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine and many others were knowledgeable of the alleged plot.

Mr. Collins who did not specify what sort of action government would take should Koiji shun the invitation extended him, said Government was constrained to invite him following the failure of earlier attempts to have him report to the police.

The police spokesman did not also say whether the Police and the Ministry of Justice made any official contact with the CDC executive.

He pointed out that the Government has spoken with some closed associates of Mr. Koiji to encourage him. "We hope that this time around the CDC youth leader will respond to the open invitation."

"We also called Mr. Koiji to cooperate with the Police and the Ministry of Justice. This is an invitation extended him; he is an individual of interest to the police," Collins said.

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