House Summons Defense Minister -Over Alleged Demolition Of Lawmaker’s Property


The Plenary of the House of Representatives has voted to summon Defense Minister Geraldine George over complaints of Demolition of several Properties along the Duazon area by AFL Personnel on her orders. According to the House Public Affairs section, Plenary’s decision was triggered by communication from Sinoe County Electoral District 1 Representative Thomas Romeo Quioh. In his communication to plenary the Sinoe County lawmaker communication stated that on May 30, 2024, whilst in section exactly at 1:38 pm, he received a call from his construction engineer on the site of his construction informing him that armed soldiers under the command of Major Col. Davidson T. Forleh, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia, pulled out of the Edward Beyan Kesselly Military’s Barrack, allegedly on the order of  Geraldine George, Minister of National Defense, and marched on his 4-bedroom, State-of the- Art, residential building under construction. He told Plenary that the building sits on 1 acre of land, situated at the back of the LTA Headquarters currently under construction as well, adjacent the commercial Complex (Millennium Group of Companies), opposite the Edward Beyan Kesselly Military Barracks on the RIA High Way, owned by a Ghanaian Businessman who is the CEO, known as Mohammed Abdullah who is allegedly a personal friend of the Chief of Star and Hon. Joe Dorah, former Land commissioner of Margibi County. According to Rep. Quioh., the land on which the construction at bar is taking place, as a government official and a law-abiding citizen, cognizant of the legal means to acquire property, he sought advice and inquired on the legitimacy of the property in question before investing his resources, void of the use of political influence, he acquired the property through all legal means before erecting his house. “My land was purchased on February 27, 2024, probated on March 18, 2024 and registered with the Liberia Land Authority on March 19, 2024, Vol.3-2024, Page 0300005039”. His communication noted. He said the land was bought from one Mr. J. Robert Johnson, Administrator, while E. John Jaywheh and Youmonyou P. Shideryou are the Administratress.  Roland Opee Cooper, Representative of Margibi County District 1, Emmett Rose, Konah Peter and Saybah Saryon witnessed the process. “Hon. Speaker and Distinguished Colleagues, the demolition of my house and a warehouse, stocked with building materials cost is put at $121,943.00 USD. When the warehouse was demolished, the solider that went with a yellow machine for the demolition exercise were seeing looting the materials and taking them away in pickups. My construction engineer who was videotaping the event, phone was seized by the armed soldiers. As we speak, they are still in possession of the phone,” Rep. Quioh’s communication noted.The lawmaker pray the plenary to cite the Minister of National Defense,  Geraldine George, The Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia, Col. Davidson T. Forleh, to show cause why these officials should not be held liable for bringing wanton and unwarranted pain to him and their families. Meanwhile, following the reading of the communication, Plenary took a decision to have both Defense Minister and Chief of Staff appear in plenary Thursday 27 June.

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