Cllr. Johnson Testifies Against UBA On Damages

By: Akoi Baysah

Cllr. Arthur Johnson

One of the complainants Cllr. Arthur Johnson in the case involving the United Bank of Africa (UBA) on the action of damages for wrong has begun testifying against the bank.

Cllr. Johnson on Thursday at the Civil Law Court at the Temple of Justice on Capitol Hill took the witness stand in defense of their complaints. UBA management has been taken to court on 11 counts by its former legal officers Cllr. Arthur Johnson and Cllr. Swaliho Sesay for action of damages for wrong.

According to Cllr. Johnson, their reputations as lawyers have been defamed by the bank after their names were published in newspapers including FrontPage Africa, the Inquirer among others.

He said the management of the bank communicated to them with a list of their delinquent loan customers to recover from them their money. He furthered that those duties as instructed by the bank were executed many of the bank`s customers responded to their demand as per the letters and phone calls made to them.

“Upon receipt of the list and the entire particulars, the collateral agreements that the customers signed with the bank were turned over to us,” he said.

 

Accordingly, Cllr. Johnson has mentioned further that they had separate accounts with the bank when they were at the judiciary and had received loans from the bank that they were paying.

 

“The account we had with the judiciary, were our separate accounts, we had loans with the bank that we were paying and based on that they instructed them that 5% to 10% interest on loans recovered should be deposited into our accounts”, Cllr. Johnson noted.

 

Moreover, the management of the bank has been taken to court for the damages of US$2 million, He narrated that the bank has received more than US$100,000.00 that they owed to be deposited on 50% shared between the both of them.

 

However, the witness indicated that they did not pay attention to their individual accounts with the bank because they were placed under the impression that they had in surplus more than US$50,000 each.

 

“The account we had with the judiciary, were our separate accounts, we had loans with the bank that we were paying and based on that they instructed them that 5% to 10% interest on loans recovered should be deposited into our accounts”, Cllr. Johnson noted.

Moreover, the management of the bank has been taken to court for the damages of US$2 million, he narrated that the bank has received more than US$100,000.00 that they owed to be deposited on 50% shared between the both of them.

However, the witness indicated that they did not pay attention to their individual accounts with the bank because they were placed under the impression that they had in surplus more than US$50,000 each. Meanwhile, the trial of the case was adjourned Thursday for its continuation on Monday.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.