The Liberia National Police (LNP) has called on the Revolutionary National Youth League Chairperson of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) Jefferson Koijee to voluntarily surrender himself to a police ongoing investigation.
At the headquarters of the LNP yesterday, the Director of Public Affairs, Sam Collins told journalists that the invitation extended Koijee to make himself available at the headquarters of the LNP or at any depot in the country is predicated upon his October 2, 2013 press conference where he named individuals of planning to assassinate President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Mr. Collins said the police have exhausted all other means to get Koijee to visit the LNP headquarters but none seems to be working. He said Koijee’s statement made was published and broadcast and thinks that he can help the police carry out their investigation.
“He knew what he said so there should be no reason for him to stay away,” Collins told journalists when questioned as to what might be the penalty if Koijee does not turn himself in.
At a called press briefing held at the CDC compound in Sinkor, Koijee accused some members of the civil society group, the ‘Liberians for the Protection of Peace and Democracy’ of planning to assassinate President Johnson Sirleaf upon her arrival in the country on October 9, 2013.
The CDC National Chairperson of the Youth League, Jefferson Koijee said the group has faked itself to be seen as a civil society group, instead, those within are unifying themselves only to plague the nation’s resources thereby terming them as coup plotters.
He described the group as ‘ill-historic’ individuals whose past still haunts them but noted that Liberians have come to forgive each other for the ugly historic past therefore it is not their deeds but their intentions that are troubling.
He further accused the group of aiming at imposing the former political leader of the Liberty Party, Charles Brumskine as head of state when their plan succeeds adding, “The group is looking for chaos and is confident that it can get a confrontation with the Ellen Step Down that can be used as a cover-up to distract security forces.”
“We as the youth league cannot sit and allow Liberians’ future be mortgaged because some Liberian politicians are irresponsibly greedy for power… this party knows what it is to want peace more than power,” Mr. Koijee said.
He said the CDC does not support any attempt to topple the government of Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf or any attempt to commit a coup because Amb. George Weah as its political leader will not want to govern a bloody state.
“Nobody should try to take advantage of the President’s softness and plan to take power by the window. They have already prepared their cabinet and when they have launched their welcome program which is intended to attack the President and her delegation, those who are named will take office,” he revealed.
However, upon his return to the country, the political leader of the CDC, Peace Ambassador George Weah, said Koijee should be held responsible for his own statement and called for questioning by the government.