Controversial Weah’s Biography Co Author Departs for US on SN Brussels

Isaac Vah Tukpah has departed Liberia for the United States immediately after the Liberian government quoted President George Weah as saying he was not being sought after and therefore declared free to live in Liberia or travel out of the country if he so chooses.

The controversial ANC official became a victim of public sentiments in the midst of controversy surrounding the publication of a book he co-authored.

An initial attempt to flee Liberia saw  state security stopping Tukpah on Tuesday night while attempting to cross the border with Sierra Leone after 11:PM when the facility had closed.

In what appeared to be his arrest, video footages show Tukpah being returned to Monrovia under security escort before he took refuge at the United States Embassy in Monrovia.

But, Information Minister Ledgerhood Rennie declared: “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.”

He emphasized that the government believes in the rule of law and human rights.

Minister Rennie went on to reiterate that the government has no intention of arresting Tukpah.

While denying claims about the arrest of Tukpah, the government expressed surprise that Tukpah would attempt to leave the country through unrecognized points when there are well-known border posts. According to Minister Rennie, a plausible motive for 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 government under President Weah, which it remains committed to upholding despite the many unprovoked and unwarranted political ploys to tarnish the country’s reputation.

Minister Rennie disclosed Tukpah was without the appropriate travel documents along with attempting to cross when the borders while they were officially closed.

The Information Minister  said such move drew the attention of the assigned immigration officer, thus acting in accordance with law and decided that Tukpah be held for safety reasons as a result of the late hours of his surreptitious attempt to leave the country.

He added that Tukpah was taken to the headquarters of the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) in Monrovia on Wednesday morning and turned over to his lawyers.
Tukpah, co-author of the book ‘George Weah, The Dream, The Legend, The Rise To Power,’ came under widespread public criticism on Tuesday, February 1, 202 for detailed explicit sex accounts he provided in the book. The book reveals an alleged discussion by a husband, President George Weah of his wife Clar.

Tukpah once served as USA Chapter Chairnman of the Congress for Democcratic Change (CDC) and contested for Representative seat in Rivercess County in 2017 and for the Senate in Montserrado County in 2020. 

Tukpah was said to have received several threats on his life and was tipped off at the highest levels that his life was in danger and warned to leave the country immediately.

One account, confirmed by former Cummings Chief of Staff Moriah Yeakula, has it that Tukpah then proceeded to leave the country Tuesday night to Sierra Leone via a border crossing point in Grand Cape Mount County.

Additonally, it is said that he was arrested by a Liberian immigration officer at the Sierra Leonean border checkpoint in Tienne and reportedly taken to the Bo Waterside border post.

A source stated: “They all had his photo in their phones and said that he was wanted by the Liberian government, even though he hasn’t been charged with any crime and no warrant for his arrest has been issued.”

As far as other accounts are concerned, officers of the Joint Security headed by the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) had him intercepted at Tienne checkpoint in Grand Cape Mount County at around 11:45PM.

Eyewitnesses also said he was asked by the state security officers to have himself identified so as to know the individual that was traveling at that time of the night and he presented both Liberian and American driving licenses.

He was traveling at the time of the night when all of the borders were closed and due to his safety, for which officers on duty decided to keep him at the checkpoint until daylight. It is said he was traveling with no official traveling documents before being nabbed at the Bo Waterside border crossing point.

Tukpah recently served as Chief of Staff to Alexander B. Cummings, Political Leader of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), but the opposition poliitician announced on Monday that he asked for and received the immediate resignation of Tukpah.

According to Cummings, this is despite the fact that the book which is the object of his concern was written long before Tukpah joined his team. Yet, the ANC Standard Bearer stated that since joining the team, Mr. Tukpah has served with diligence and professionalism, and he has come to respect and admire his work.

But he added: “My decision was not taken lightly because I value Isaac’s works and contributions. However, the standards of alternative leadership for our country that we have set for ourselves, now and in the future, are particularly higher than the usual, and we are determined to maintain it. It means we must stand with all those who are right, when they are right, even if they are not our friends, and refuse to stand with those who are wrong, even if they are our friends and workmates. I will continue to do so because this is the example of the quality of leadership that our country desperately needs to change course, and improve the lives of Liberians.”

 

 

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