The leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters of Liberia (EFFL), Emmanuel Gonquoi has been sent to the Monrovia Central Prison after he and his group members placed the Capitol Building gate under siege on July 22, 2021, thereby locking the two entrances to the building, something, which was seen as a terroristic act.
Gonquoi had gone to lock the gate of the Capitol and when a call was placed for backup, they fled the scene.
They stormed the Legislature at dawn, calling on Legislators to return US$30,000 they received for Legislative engagements.
The EFFL members then locked the main entrance of the Legislature for a short while and later escaped as a result of intervention by the Liberia National Police.
The incident led to a scuffle between the securities assigned at the capitol and the members of the EFFL as a result some of the securities sustaining injuries.
It can be recalled that the Sergeant-At-Arms of the House of Representatives ordered the arrest of Gonquoi for alleged act of terrorism.
Addressing the media recently, the Sergeant-At-Arms, Martin Johnson said Gonquoi needed to explain why he besieged the Capitol Building and prevented Legislators’ entry to their offices.
Meanwhile in response, Gonquoi described his arrest ordered by the Legislature as a show off or political grandstanding.
According to Gonquoi, his protest action was intended to restore transparency at the Liberian legislature.
The EFFL leader described the Legislators as terrorists due to what he calls their several acts of corruption over the years.
He said his institution has no regret over its recent protest action and is prepared to repeat similar action if lawmakers fail to return the money.
Every attempt Monday to secure bond for Gonquoi failed as several Insurance Companies reneged in providing legal bond for the EFF Leader.