Over the Mysterious Deaths Of Two Kids; Alvin Moses and Ruben Paye JACC Gives GoL 4 Days Four Days Ultimatum

By: Eldred Wlemongar Thomas

Child Rights Advocate and Peace Prize Winner Abraham Keita
Child Rights Advocate and Peace Prize Winner Abraham Keita

The Joint Action Committee on Children (JACC) says it has given the Liberian government a four day ultimatum to reopen the case involving two children that were discovered dead on the Roberts field Highway.

The Joint Action Committee on Children is a conglomeration of child rights advocacy groups including the Liberia National Children Forum and the Abraham Keita Foundation.

Addressing a News conference this week in the township of WestPoint, Child Nobel Peace Prize Winner Abraham Keita blasted the Liberian government over the manner in which it continues to handle issues surrounding the alleged humiliation of children especially mysterious deaths in the country.

Mr. Keita wants the case of little Alvin Moses and Ruben PAYE to be properly reviewed by the government to ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice, noting for too long children issues are not given much attention.

Keita wonders why the Police would release findings from an incident involving death without an autopsy or medical report like was done in the case of suspicious deaths of adults.

He maintained that even in the face of threatens, they will continue to advocate for their rights of children across the country.

Mr. Keita indicated that they will continue to take the government to task until this case and others can reach a logical conclusion.

Keita however, condemned the action of angry residents who vandalized and burn properties of the Nigerian man in retaliation to the death of the minors.

It can be recalled Alvin Moses 7yr old and Ruben PAYE four were discovered dead in the vehicle of a Nigerian man on the Roberts field Highway in 2015.

Police report later revealed that the two died from suffocation, something that was vehemently rejected by the National Independent Commission on Human Rights and other rights groups and the ordinary Liberians.

For her part, the Speaker of the Liberia National Children Forum, Satta Sheriff lamented the case be reopened claiming it was reportedly closed abruptly, noting the law must protect all regardless of age.

Miss. Sheriff said the four day ultimatum sends out a cry from the Children of Liberia, adding it is becoming more troubling that children issues are treated.

Sheriff noted a releasing a finding without conducting an autopsy or providing a medical report was an injustice and disservice.

The Liberia National Children Forum Speaker at the same time threatened a lawsuit against the Liberia National Police if nothing is done address their concerns.

When contacted, the Spokesman of the Liberia National Police Sam Collins said the matter has been closed after it released findings from investigations it conducted.

Mr. Collins contended if the Joint Action Committee has new evidence, it can seek legal redress at the court, saying the Police welcomes such move.

When quizzed on the four day ultimatum given government and a threat of lawsuit by the Children of Liberia, Collins said he could not speak further on the allegation against the Police.

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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.