The Chairman of the Special Presidential Taskforce, Fonati Kofa, has revealed that contrary to their initial position, several persons named in the Global Witness report have consented to appear before taskforce.
He named House speaker J. Alex Tyler as one of several persons who have confided in the committee that they will appear at the appropriate time.
“As a result of our actions this morning, numerous persons named in the Global Witness Report have volunteered to appear when needed,” he indicated.
Chairman Kofa noted in line with its mandate, the committee will execute its duty without fear or favor for anyone.
Addressing a press conference at the Ministry of Information Monday in Monrovia, Cllr. Kofa noted that “The task imposed on us is not a pleasant one, popular one but necessary one.”
He further revealed that “agents of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) at 5:00AM began an operation intended to abreast and bring in for questioning some individuals named by the Global Witness Report,” a process which, he said, was continuing.
According to him, a search and seizure warrant has also been obtained for the Sherman and Sherman Law Firm and the residence of Senator Varney Sherman.
He wants the public to refrain from obstructing justice by preventing the arrest of people needed for questioning, adding, “We will not hesitate to use the available law enforcement power.”
The task force is a multi-agency institution comprising members of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission, Ministry of State and the Judiciary, among others, constituted recently by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to investigate the Global Witness Report claiming that Sable Mining bribed several current and former government officials to win the Wologizi Mountain iron ore concession.
But the Officer Chief of Staff in the office of the Speaker, Robert Clarke has denied the statement by the Taskforce Chairman that his boss has agreed to appear before his committee. Mr. Clarke told reporters that the office of the Speaker will shortly release a statement on this matter.