LIBERIA: Protesters Seek Justice, Benefits For Assaulted GT Bank Employee


GT Bank Liberia Managing Director who is said to be on the run, Ayodeji Bejide, and the injured employee Edward Freeman by throwing a calculator at him, causing a serious injury to his lips

A group under the banner of ‘Conscious Men and Women’ is calling on government to immediately intervene and ensure that Edward Freeman, an employee of the Guaranty Trust Bank, who was allegedly assaulted by the former Bank Manager, Ayodeji Bejide, gets justice and is duly compensated by the bank.

The group on Tuesday gathered at the bank’s head office in Sinkor, Monrovia to demand action from the management through a peaceful protest.

They told the Liberia News Agency (LINA) that the bank should take full responsibility by reaching an appreciable settlement with Freeman, who was assaulted by the manager of the institution.

The group’s head, Pukar Roberts, told LINA that injustice should not be the order of the day in the case of Freeman and the Liberian society as a whole.

Roberts accused the management of GT Bank of wanting to use finance to influence the case involving the bank and Freeman, informing LINA that Freeman is currently before the court.

Roberts pointed out that the group will continue to gather in front of the bank until it can settle Freeman with his just and due benefits.

“We must not take this for granted, it is Freeman today but it could be any one of us tomorrow, so we are calling for justice to prevail in this case,” Roberts indicated.

He explained that the group is protesting for Freeman because they want his case to serve as a deterrent to other employers who are carrying out bad labor practice in the country.

Authorities of GT bank are yet to comment on the matter as security guards at the bank denied LINA reporters entry while attempting to make further inquiry.

It can be recalled that on August 28, 2018, the GT Bank ex-Manager Bedije was forwarded to the Monrovia City Court after he was charged by Police for allegedly assaulting Freeman during a meeting in the bank.

Freeman following the assault sustained injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Bejide, a Nigerian national, has since left the country and traveled to Nigeria after he was granted the permission by Monrovia City Court Judge Kennedy Peabody.

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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.