For Exposing His Dubious Activities In Liberia, ‘Proclaimed Liberian Citizen’ Sue GNN Publisher, LACC, Others For $10M As Damages

Joel Cholo Brooks, Publisher – GNN Liberia Online Newspaper

Tony Praise Lawal, exe-soldier of the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) who also claimed to be a Liberian citizen and the Chief Executive Officer of the Pealat Construction Company has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the Publisher of the Global News Network, Joel Cholo Brooks, the Chairman and all members of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission and Philip Blamo, a US based Liberian journalist for Action of Damages.

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According to a Writ of Summons before his honor, Yussif D. Kaba and submitted by Cllr. Arthur T. Johnson Counsel of the plaintiff (Praise Tony Lawal) said in his complaint, “ In the above entitled case of action most respectfully prays Your Honourable Cout to adjudge the Defendants Liable to Plaintiff, grant Plaintiff’s Complaint and award damages to Plaintiff in the amount of not less than US$10,000,000.00 in General Damages to be decided by the trial jury, and US$1,000,000.00 in punitive damages,” the Writ of Summons among other allegations noted.

But in its series of investigative reports quoting sources of affected residents in the location of Brewerville/Bopolu Road of where Tony Lawal’s Praise Glory Lawal (PGL) Construction Company reportedly received taxpayers’ money in the millions aimed at professionally providing a most conducive motor road for residents in that part of the country in order to rapidly ease difficulties being encountered, but instead their hopes were dashed as the concerned road which is in a deplorable state is yet to be attended to.

In furthering its investigation on the alleged misused of millions of United States Dollars by the PGL on the Brewerville and Bopolu road, it was discovered that the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) in its communication of May 13, 2015 a copy in the possession of the GNN-Liberia called on the Minister of the Minisry of Finance & Development Planning (MFDP), Amara Konneh to halt all payments to PGL due to an ongoing investigation surrounding circumstances leading to the award of contract to PGL valued at Five Million United States Dollars.

The LACC in its communication to the MFDP also noted that the result of its preliminary investigation revealed that PGL has allegedly received One Million Nine Hundred Thousand United States Dollars for the rehabilitation of the Brewervill/Bopolu road without submission of a bill of quantity (BOQ) to the Ministry of Public Works.

In an inter-office communication to the than Comptroller & Accounting General of the Republic of Liberia, Mr. Hanson Kiozolu at the MFDP from Patrick S. Jackson, Senior Compliance Officer at the Ministry after their findings entitled:

Verification Report For Brewerville-Bopolu Road Project Not Certified said:

“(b) From Brewerville store to the boundary between Gbarpolu and Bomi Counties – the road contained more soft and loose dirt then solid content resulting to continuous erosion. Approaching Winnie Town, the culverts were poorly done which is resulting to the overflow of the water

“(d) Kpo Hill which seems challenging to drive through because of no cutting and breaking of the rocks. There has been no rehabilitation road work done Kpo Hill since 2015.

“(e) From Kpo Hill to Bomboma, there is no earthworks done

“(f) From Gandima to Bopolu city, there is no earthworks done

“(g) Due to the poor installation on wing walls and culverts, it is established that the wing walls broke from the culverts resulting to road surface.

Here some the findings

Most of these documents with the findings are in the possession of this news outlet, they will shortly be published to disprove Lawal’s so-called U$10 million claims.

The only article incorporation bearing Pealat Construction Company but with PGL there’s nothing to show its article of incorporation

GNN investigation also discovered that the legally registered documents of Praise Glory Lawal Construction Company which took the failed Brewerville/Bopolu road contract is yet to be seen instead, only the Pealat Construction Company that also  took the failed Belleh Yalla road is the only one that is always on display. The question that ponders the minds of Liberians is the legality of the PGL which is being used by Lawal to receive payments in the amount of $5.5 Million from the Liberian Government.

The Pealat Construction Company is the only registered company and not Praise Glory Lawal Construction Company or PGL

According to GNN investigation, Lawal is been pushed by some high ups in the Liberian Government to issue a lawsuit on those who are opting to robustly expose his current dubious activates by allegedly robbing the country out of millions of United States Dollars.

However, some credible information reaching the GNN about Lawal’s oversee business activities if not addressed will lead to international pursuit by some businesses, particularly in the United States and other country will shortly be released.

The legal team of GNN is putting all the appropriate documents together for the hearings on November 18, 2017.

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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.