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For state crime, Govt indicts Ellen Cockrum, Musa Bility, others

By Sorbor George
The  Liberia Airport Authority (LAA), Board Chair, Musa Bility.
The Liberia Airport Authority (LAA), Board Chair, Musa Bility.

(,)-The Liberian Government Wednesday, July 31, 2013 indicted the former Managing Director of the Liberia Airport Authority (LAA), Ellen Cockrum, and the Authority’s Board Chair, Musa Bility.

The government also indicted the President of the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), John Davis, and the First Investment Bank President, Wole Sodepi, among others.

In a six-count indictment, government accused the bank executives of economic sabotage, criminal conspiracy, theft and misapplication of entrusted property.

Government also incarcerated two officials of the First Investment Bank, Jerimie Tigle and Justine Ogugu, for their alleged complicity in the scam.

According to the indictment, Madam Cockrum and Mr. Bility, along with their collaborators, conspired with one Monar Dieng and made unauthorized transfer, on several occasions, of US$269 thousand for services not rendered.

Both Cockrum and Bility also requested the Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC) for no objection to single source to rehabilitate the Roberts International Airport (RIA) runway, proposed for Mr. Monar Dieng. 

Mr. Monar Dieng is head of a Diaspora Consultancy firm.

According to the indictment, the PPCC denied the request, but both Cockrum and Bility ignored the commission and withdrew from the LAA coffers for the project.

Meanwhile, latest reports reaching says the President of the First Investment Bank, Wole Sodepi and Messrs. Jerimie Tigle and Justine Ogugu,  have been sent to jail at the Monrovia Central Prison in Monrovia.

The detention of the three men is in connection with their alleged involvement in the financial scan involving the former Liberia Airport Authority (LAA) Managing Director, Ellen Cockkrum and Musa Bility.


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