Liberians Buffer As Indicted Speaker Tyler Sets Up Committee To Probe Global Witness Report

House Speaker, Alex Tyler
House Speaker, Alex Tyler

The House of Representatives has constituted a committee to form part of a joint legislative inquiry into allegations of a US$958,000 bribery scandal involving House Speaker Alex Tyler and others.

Tyler, having been arrested by Criminal Court “C” and released on a US$150,000 bond from Sky Insurance Company at the court Wednesday, presided over the House Plenary 24 hours later on Thursday and announced members of the committee.

Those named are Maryland County Representative James Biney, Chairman; Maryland County Representative Bhofal Chambers and Representative Matenikay Tengbeh of Nimba County.

Others are Christian Chea, River Gee County; Mariamu Fofana, Lofa County; Lester Paye, Bong County and Montserrado Representative Edward Forh.

Members of the committee are expected to form part of a joint legislative committee which will further probe the Global Witness report, relative to allegations of bribery to change to the nation’s mineral laws to enable Sable Mining, a British Company, obtain mining rights to the Wologizi Mountain.

The Liberian Senate is also in the process of constituting a committee to form part of the joint legislative body to effect the probe.

It can be recalled that Grand Cape Mount County Senator Varney Sherman, House Speaker Alex Tyler, along with former Lands, Mines and Energy Deputy Minister E.C.B Jones and businessman Christopher Onanuga were Wednesday indicted by the Criminal Court “C” for their alleged involvement in a US$958,000 bribery scandal.

Sherman, Jones and Onanuga filed a US$1.5 million Criminal Appearance Bond as surety at the Criminal Court “C”, while Speaker Tyler filed a US$150,000 Criminal Appearance Bond with the court.

The trio is been indicted by the Government of Liberia for their alleged involvement in a US$958, 0000 bribery scandal uncovered by Global Witness in a report release recently involving a British firm, Sable Mining.

Dozens of Liberians who spoke to this news outlet say they are surprised for the man who has been indicted for bribery and corruption and is undergoing investigation at the court to set up a committee to probe Global Witness, noting, that “It is a complete joke and mockery for members of that august body, the House of Representatives.

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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.