The Economic Freedom Fighters of Liberia havs strongly condemned what they described as an arbitrary and unlawful incarceration of their boss, Emmanuel Gonquoi, and other members.
It can be recalled that recently, members of the Economic Freedom Fighters of Liberia, led by their Commander In Chief, Emmanuel Gonquoi, besieged the entrances of the Legislature up Capitol Hill, demanding members of the Liberian Parliament to account for the US $30,000 disbursed to each lawmaker by the executive branch of government for their legislative engagements.
Gonquoi two members of the EFFL, upon their appearance at the Temple of Justice, before His Honor, Judge Jomah Jallah, Stipendiary Magistrate, were incarcerated at the Monrovia Central Prison (South Beach) under the charges of Terroristic Threat Simple Assault, Felonious Restraint and Disorderly Conducts.
Addressing a news conference late Monday evening in Monrovia, the EFFL Chairman, who failed to mention any constitutional provision, stressed that the act by Gonquoi to have locked up the entrances of the Liberian Parliament was in accordance with law, adding that legislators are not seeking the interest of the ordinary citizens.
He further claimed that the executive branch of government had reportedly violated the budget law of the country, noting that the US $30,000 disbursed to Lawmakers was not indicated in the national budget.
The EFFL Chairman also alleged that the government of Liberia is constantly intimidating peaceful citizens for what he calls their critical stance on national issues in the governance system, stressing that national government is reportedly interfering into the judicial system.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Economic Freedom Fighters disclosed that Emmanuel Gonquoi is currently carrying on an hunger strike in demand of justice.
The EFFL is at the same time calling on major advocacy groups, including other stakeholders and the International Community to swiftly intervene into the matter, adding that they should not wait until situation goes out of control.
However, information reaching this media institution says the Commander In Chief of the Economic Freedom Fighters of Liberia, Emmanuel Gonquoi, has been released from the Monrovia Central Prison following a series of interventions from other state actors in the country.