The Publisher of one of Liberia’s widely browse online newspaper, GNN-Liberia (www.gnnliberia.com), Joel Cholo Brooks and the administration of Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) are expected to appear before His Honour Yussif Kaba, Circuit Judge at the Civil Law Court tomorrow, December 18, 2017 at the Temple of Justice to answer to ‘Action of damages for libel’ filed by a Nigerian businessman, Tony Lawal of the Praise Glory Lawal Construction Company.
The hearing on Monday is expected to bring together lawyers representing the Defendants and the Plaintiff to explain to the presiding Judge as to what really took place that gave rise to the lawsuit.
Prior to the lawsuit filed by Tony Lawal against the defendants, GNN-Liberia (www.gnnliberia.com) published by the Global News Network conducted series of independent investigations regarding the deplorable condition of the Brewerville/Bopolu which was awarded to the Praise Glory Lawal Construction valued at Five Million United States Dollars, but unfortunately according the investigation the road in question is accessible due to its deplorable state.
During GNN-Liberia team of reporters visit to the affected communities alongside the Brewerville/Bopolu road residents of the area complained to our reporters on how they were been isolated by the Government for its failure to question the contractor (Tony Lawal) for receiving taxpayers’ money and refusing to take corrective measures on the damaged road reportedly rehabilitated by his company, the PGL.
Investigation conducted by the GNN-Liberia was based on documents obtained from the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), where the Commission advised the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) few years ago not to make any payment to the PGL until an investigation surrounding circumstances leading to the award of a contract to PGL valued at Five Million United States Dollars.
Another documents in the possession of GNN-Liberia from the MFDP dated on June 27, 2017 under the caption “Verification Report for Brewerville/Bopolu Project Not Certified,” further noted that the PGL is registered under the Code F4100 which is for the construction of building, instead of roads and railways. The MFDP report also indicated “We verified twenty three (23) bridges and eight (8) drainages; out of the 8 drainages, six are untouched. It was also established that all of the bridges are still in deplorable state, meaning that they were not improved by the Company (PGL) in accordance with the contract,” the MFDP verification noted.
Based on all of these allegations, GNN-Liberia being an investigative news platform took up time to launch further investigation on how taxpayers’ money was being used with a tangible result from a company that professes to be a well-recognized construction company.
However, the management of GNN-Liberia says it stand by the report published on its platform.