-For Theft of Property
By R. Joyclyn Wea
The Alternative National Congress (ANC) of Businessman turned politician, Alexander B. Cummings has dragged two of its partisans to court to be prosecuted for theft of property.
The ANC was a major Political Party in the 2017 Presidential and Representative Elections had dragged to the Monrovia City Court two of its partisans for prosecution over the reported criminal sale of a vehicle valued at US$60,000.00.
The two partisans include: defendants Louis Makakeh, a driver of the ANC and also the assigned driver for the stolen vehicle and Abraham Somah, a security personnel of the party.
They were dragged to the city court on November 5, 2018 following their subsequent arrest on October 31, 2018 by the Liberia National Police based upon complaint it received from the party.
Both Makakeh and Somah allegedly conspired and sold the ANC Toyota Land Cruiser (SUV) Jeep with license plate: A610416 whose value reportedly amounts to sixty thousand United States dollars (US$60,000.00).
Following police investigation, both defendants Makakeh and Somah were charged with the commission of the crime auto theft, theft of property and criminal conspiracy which are in violations of Chapter 15, Section 15.51 and Chapter 10, Section 10.4 of the revised Penal Law of Liberia; predicated upon complaint filed by Darlington Barchue of the ANC.
On December 15, 2017, Barchue told the Police that during the month of December 2017, one of their (ANC) assigned drivers identified as Louis Makakeh absconded with his (Louis) assigned vehicle belonging to the (ANC) party while on assignment.
He further narrated that driver Makakeh switched off his phone and he (Louis) could not be seen at his house, but later he (Barchue) learned that the driver had left the country.
During police investigation, both defendants Makakeh and Somah voluntarily admitted to the allegation levied against them and said the vehicle in question was sold to a fellow in the Black Gina Community, Jacob Town whom they cannot identify by face.
The police charged sheet is quoted as saying “defendant Louis also explained that in November the same year, 2017, the late Randall Teage, Chief of logistics, ANC, sent him for the car at Ms. Jail’s house located on the Old Road to take the vehicle at the party headquarters, he agreed and went for the car and while driving to the party headquarters, his workmate (Abraham) call him and said he should wait for him.”
The LNP charged sheet further indicated “when Abraham got on board the vehicle while driving the late Randall Teage called and instructed him to also wait and he waited for Randall Teage.”
According to Louis, the late Teage got on board the vehicle, told them to drive to Jacob’s Town, and he drove the vehicle around the German Embassy Congo Town and parked at which time Abraham got behind the steering and drove the vehicle to Black Gina Community located in Jacob’s Town Paynesville.
Defendant Louis said “upon their arrival, both (Abraham &Teage) got down from the vehicle and came back later and said to him (Louis) that, they (Abraham &Teage) have sold the vehicle for eleven thousand united states dollars at which time the late Teage gave him (Louis) the sum of seven thousand united states dollars as his share and told him to leave the country and he went to Guinea and spent some time in Guinea.
The document further mentioned that upon Louis’ return to Liberia, he was immediately arrested by officers of the Liberia National Police and taken to its headquarters for investigation.