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72-Hour Threat Backfires

As EX-Combatants Lick Their Wounds & Succumb

By R. Joyclyn Wea

Former Rebel leaders of Liberia fourteen years of civil crisis have succumbed following their 72 hours threat against Montserrado County electoral district ten Representative Yekeh Kolubah saying it was only intended to advise the lawmaker as their colleague.

The ex-combatants apologized to Liberians for their statement but, claimed that their declaration to have the lawmaker arrested and turnover to government was not in any way to create fear.

The rebel leaders’ appeal is further predicated upon the order or summon by the County Attorney of Montserrado County to provide clarity regarding their declaration after mounting pressure and criticisms by the public.

It can be recalled that the ex-combatants gave Representative Yekeh Kolubah 72 hours to turn himself over to their office, otherwise they will drag him from his home and bring him over to the Liberian Government.

The former rebel leaders retracted their statement saying the called was only intended to call the Representative whom they considered as their friend and brother to order and advise he (Kolubah) to act accordingly.

This statement was a center of debate in the public domain and created fear among citizens thus resulting to the County Attorney of Montserrado county Edwin K. Martins to invite the former rebels to clarify the statement made to the Honorable and the implications it has on the state and people.

Appearing before the County Attorney Thursday, April 18, 2019, Augustine J. Nagbe alias ‘General Power’ told the County Attorney that their statement was not intended to  frighten citizens rather to advise Representative Kolubah to refrain from making funny statements against government (president) saying “because he is one of our kind and we don’t want him to be making such statement.”

General Power further said their statement was further intended to protect the country’s peace since according to them they are transformed now.

The former fighters, indicated that they are refined, transformed and reintegrated into the society and do not in any way intend to undermine the peace and security of the country.

The rebel leaders on April 16, 2019 vow to break into Representative Kolubah’s home, dragged him and turn him over to the government should he failed to appear before them (ex-combatants’ office) within 72 hours, a statement which they regret.

“If the 72 hours statement made by us does not go down with Liberians, we retract our statement and say sorry. As former rebel generals, we are transformed now and we say sorry to our people,” the former Rebel Generals said. TNR

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