13 May 2019

Liberia: GT Bank in Court

The management of the Guaranty Trust Bank has been taken to court by one of its former employees for action of damage in the tone of US$500,000.00 (five hundred thousand United States dollars).

Complainant Theophilus Tokpah accused the Bank of causing vast damages and injuries to his character and reputation, which left him with no option but to file a lawsuit against it at the Civil Law Court, Sixth Judicial Circuit Court at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia.

In his complaint filed in December 2012, plaintiff Tokpah said he was employed by the XL Management Services Limited for an indefinite period and later deployed as a Transaction Officer at the GT Bank branch in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, where he is said to have served with 'high degree of professionalism and honesty.'

The complainant further explained that while serving, the management of GT Bank, through its Human Resource sent an email to his immediate employer requesting his dismissal from his post on grounds that he had allegedly been charged with the commission of the crime of disorderly conduct and aggravated assault by the Liberia National Police (LNP).

This, he said, led his employer to immediately summon him and relieved him of his duty.

According to the complainant, he proceeded to the offices of the Liberia National Police detachment in Buchanan City to inquire the facts surrounding the allegations and was told by the police that there was no complain of any sort against him at the station.

He said the action by the GT Bank against him leading to his dismissal has subjected him to hardship, loss of income and turned him into a beggar, as well as making him a 'laughing stock'.

Plaintiff Topkah said the defendant's action damaged and injured his character, reputation and brought him to total disgrace and public ridicule.

He is therefore, requesting the Court to hold the defendant (Bank) liable for damage and award him the amount of US$ 500,000.00 as general damages for injury.

Meanwhile, the bank has dismissed all of Tokpah's assertions and trial has already opened at the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court at the Temple of Justice as provided by law.

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