Broadcaster, 5 Others Arrested…For LBDI Robbery; But Station Distances Itself

By Alva Mulbah Wolokolie

A former broadcaster of Royal Communications Incorporated (RCI) owner of Kings’s FM and Clar TV Channel 5, popularly known as Dr. Grammy along with five others has been arrested and charged for armed robbery. One of the five robbers is believed to be a Nigerian.   Police sources in Monrovia disclosed that Dr. Grammy and others have been linked to the recent robbery that took place at the sub-branch of the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) in the  J.J.Y Gardnersville, Somalia Drive Community. Dr. Grammy’s real name is Beyan Taylor alias “the President’s friend Dr. Grammy.”

It can be recalled that on November 8, 2013, police officers arrested two men believed to be in their twenties for allegedly carrying out an attack on LBDI Gardnersville sub-branch. The two men took with them weapons to conduct daylight armed robbery on customers and workers of the bank.

On the day of the robbery, Deputy Police Director for Operation Col. Abraham Kromah told reporters at Police Central Headquarters in Monrovia that the LNP got a tip off from the community and other officers assigned along the Somalia Drive area.

Col. Kromah indicated that the LNP could not say at the time that the robbers made away with anything because the incident was under investigation and would soon be reported as to what happened at the bank.

During the INQUIRER’s visit at the LNP Headquarters on November 8, 2013, one of the robbers was seen lying down in a pool of blood at the back of a police Nissan pick-up frantically gasping for breath.

Police spokesperson, Sam Collins has already confirmed the subsequent arrest, charged and detained Dr. Grammy, a Nigerian and others. Our sources revealed that Mr. Taylor, alias Dr. Grammy has been arrested for providing arms to assist the robbers.

In a related development, the Management of the Royal Communications Incorporated (RCI) has distanced itself from the alleged armed robbery act committed by one of its former employees, Mr. Beyan Taylor alias “the President’s Friend Dr. Grammy.”

Royal Communications Incorporated (RCI) which is the owner of King’s FM 88.5, City FM 90.2, and Clar TV Channel 5 in a release issued yesterday said Mr. Taylor was downsized by the past administration of the station and given his severance benefits in 2010.

In a press release issued in Monrovia, the management maintained that the involvement of Mr. Taylor into any criminal activity should not be reflected on the noble institution.

According to the management, the suspect has nothing in his possession to prove that he is an employee of the institution and therefore, his arrest and subsequent detention should not have any negative reflection on the entity.

The statement quotes the Station Manager Pepsi Yekeh as saying, “We at RCI do not support any criminal activity. Mr. Taylor is not an employee of any of our media outlets; he left the institution three years ago after receiving all of his benefits.”

Meanwhile, the management of RCI has called for the law to take its course in the alleged armed robbery act involving Mr. Beyan Taylor.