Emmanuel Gonquoi (dressed in a red suit) and his colleague are being escorted to the Monrovia Central Prison
Early this morning, August 9, 2021, the Judge Jomah Jallah, Stipendiary Magistrate of the Monrovia City Court has sent to jail four leaders of the Economic Freedom Fighters of Liberia for their participation in a protest which led to beat and inflicted wounds and injuries on the security guards of the legislative security service assigned at the capitol in Monrovia.
Emmanuel Gonquoi, the EFFL Commender-in-chief, and three others to be identified were sent to jail Monday.
The government of Liberia through the Ministry of Justice alleges that during the EFFL protest, they rained insults publicly and intentionally broke the lock before installing their own chains with locks with the intent to terrorize the public, staff, and employees which led the government to file in a complaint against the group to the Stipendiary Magistrate of the Monrovia City Court.
The court then ordered the arrest of the Commander-in-chief of the Economic Freedom Fighters of Liberia, Emmanuel Gonqueh, and others who participated in the protest on the grounds of the capitol building.
According to the court documents, the action of the EFFL leader and others is unlawful, wicked, illegal, violent, and intentional. The writ also said, the EFFL member’s action violates sections 11.16 of the amended act, section 14.21 and 17.3 of the new penal law of Liberia there and then the crime herein did and commit.
The court writ narrates: “You are hereby commanded to arrest the living bodies of Emmanuel Gonquoi and others to be identified, and forthwith bring them before the Monrovia City Court, Temple of Justice to answer to the charge of terroristic threats, simple assault, felonious restraint, and disorderly conduct”.
The writ stated further that during the period of July 21, 2021, at about 5:30 AM, in the area of the capitol hill/capital bypass, city of Monrovia, Montserrado County, Republic of Liberia, Gonquoi, and others being a group dressed in red T-shirts said to have come from the economic Freedom fighters headed by Conqueh went on the premises of the Capitol Building and purposely with violence Attacked the gate of the Capital Building opposite the Executive Mansion. Accordingly, they beat and inflicted wounds and injuries on the security guards assigned there.
The writ also said the alleged act of the Gonquoi and others being unlawful, wicked, illegal, violent, and international is in violation of sections 11.16 of the amended act, section 14.21 and 17.3 of the new penal law of Liberia there and then the crime herein did and commit.
The writ furthered that contrary to the form and effect to the statutory laws of Liberia in such cases made and proven against the peace and dignity for this Republic and for so doing. This shall constitute your legal and sufficient authority and have you have there this Writ of the arrest.
Gonquoi and his men were then charged with Terroristic threats, Simple assault, Felonious restraint, and Disorderly conduct.
Appearing in court today, CIC Emmanuel Gonquoi said they will not appear because he and his men acted lawfully, and they rather go to jail for what he termed legal action.
Meanwhile, EFFL CIC Emmanuel Gonquoi and his men have been taken to the Monrovia Central Prison where they are due to spend their first night behind bars.
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