The Government of Liberia has categorically refuted media reports claiming the arrest of Mr. Isaac Vah Tukpah, the coauthor of a book containing obscene and defaming materials against the First Family of the Republic of Liberia.
Mr. Tukpah, who attempted fleeing the country on Tuesday night using an unauthorized crossing in Tianeh, Grand Capemount County, was instead prevented from doing so because the borders were already closed and for his safety.
Mr. Tukpah was without the appropriate travel documents, in addition to attempting to cross when the borders were officially closed. This claimed the attention of the assigned immigration officer who acted in accordance with law and decided that he be held for safety reasons, given the late hours of his surreptitious attempt to leave the country.
Mr. Isaac Vah Tukpah was brought to the Liberian Immigration Headquarters in Monrovia on Wednesday morning and turned over to his lawyers.
The President has said Mr. Tukpah is not being sought after by the Government, and he is therefore free to live in Liberia or travel out of the country if he so chooses.
There is a legal recourse, whether here or in the U. S. That decision is left to the President’s family and all those maligned”, Information Minister Ledgerhood Rennie said, while emphasizing that the Government believes in the rule of law and human rights.
Meanwhile, Minister Rennie has reiterated that the Government has no intention of arresting Mr. Ivah Tukpah. He said the Government is instead surprised that Mr.Tukpah will attempt to leave the country through unrecognized points when there are well-known border posts. Minister Rennie said
a plausible motive for Mr. Tukpah could be his well-calculated intention to malign the Government by suggesting that it was after his life if he had succeeded in his diabolical orchestration to flee the country.
The Information Minister reminded Liberians of the enviable human rights record of the Weah-led Government which it remains committed to upholding despite the many unprovoked and unwarranted political ploys to tarnish the country’s reputation. A press release signed by Minister of Information, Ledgerhood J. Rennie noted.
Meanwhile, the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) has declared the Alternative National Congress Political Leader former Chief of Staff, Mr Isaac Van Tukpah free to move about his normal activities.
Addressing the News Conference at the Mamba Point Headquarters of the LIS in Monrovia early Wednesday Morning, February 2, 2022, the LIS Boss Col. Robert W. Budy, Sr. said Mr. Tukpah has not violated any law of the Country and he is allowed to go free.
The LIS Boss added that Mr. Tukpah was not under detention after he was spotted at the Neighboring Sierra Leone Bo waterside Border, but was placed under high protection by the joint national security because he is a high profile figure seen around at the hour of 11:45pm.
“The United States Embassy near Monrovia had expressed interest to know about Isaac’s whereabouts and wellbeing”, the Commissioner General of (LIS) Robert W. Budy, Sr. Asserted.
Meanwhile, Budy noted that during the security interrogation with Tukpah about the time he was seen, he said the former Cummings COS didn’t give satisfactory response about where he was going or who he was going to meet, but was only seen with two driving Licenses, one from Liberia and another from Maryland, USA.
It can be recalled that, Isaac Tukpah was allegedly and narrowly escaping the country after the Book he Co-Author “George Weah: The Dream, The Legend, The Rise to Power” contains dehumanizing characterization of womanhood against the First Lady of Liberia, Mrs. Clar Marie Weah.
However, Isaac Van Tukpa has been turned over by the LIS Boss to his Legal Representative Cllr. Aloysius Toe who is also the Secretary General of the opposition Alternative National Congress.