City Court Orders the Arrest of Former Student Activist Martin Kollie

MONROVIA, Montserrado – The Monrovia City Court has ordered the arrest of the former student advocate Martin K. N. Kollie for alleging that a security officer at the Freeport of Monrovia is the prime suspect behind the murders of the two Liberia Revenue Authority employees.

The court said Kollie accused Bill Tiklo of being the mastermind behind the death of Gifty Lama, a research analyst, and Albert Peters, an internal auditor.

The arrest order was based on Kollie’s Facebook post that alleged that Tiklo had murdered the LRA employees. Kollie is being charged with criminal coercion and disseminating obscene material.

“You are hereby commanded to arrested the living body of Martin K. N Kollie so as to come and answer to charges in the writ,” the arrest writ read. Kollie is currently in Accra, Ghana.

Both were found dead in a blue vehicle on Broad Street in Central Monrovia on October 2. Eyewitness accounts had indicated that the vehicle was brought to the scene and parked on the early morning hours of Oct. 2 by a well-built man wearing a cap. The bodies of the LRA employees are currently at the St. Moses Funeral Parlor as authorities work to establish the cause of death.

On Monday, pathologists began conducting an autopsy on the remains of Lama and Peters. However, Lama’s husband has contended that the autopsy by the government’s specialists would have no credibility because the investigation was already plagued by many mishaps.

Speaking at the funeral home, Sylvester Lama described his wife’s murder as gruesome and untimely.

“The family of Gifty continues to say that the process would not be transparent because the pathologists were brought and paid by the government of Liberia, something which has been ignored,” Lama said.

Featured photo by Zeze Ballah

Miama Morine Kiazolu

Miama Morine Kiazolu is a senior student at the African Methodist Episcopal University, studying Mass Communication with an emphasis in Public Administration. She holds a certificate in Gender Sensitive Reporting, a diploma in Journalism, and an advanced certificate in Computer Science.

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