-As Call For War Crimes Court Intensifies
As Liberians, human rights organizations and others intensify call for the establishment of War crimes tribunal in Liberia, the only safe haven of former warlord of the Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia (INPFL) and now Senator of Nimba County, Prince Yormie Johnson alias “PYJ” is his native Nimba County.
The former head of the rebel group that reportedly killed President Samuel Doe during the Liberian civil war has constantly maintained that he has done nothing wrong.
Senator Prince Johnson and others are recommended for prosecution through a war crimes tribunal as people who allegedly committed heinous crimes during the war years in the country between 1979 and 2003.
But the former warlord turned evangelist feels insecure since the call for the establishment of war and economic crimes tribunal intensify, however, his only safe haven remains his native Nimba County.
Delivering his sermon on Sunday October 14, 2018 at his church (Christ Chapel of Faith Ministries) in Paynesville City, outside Monrovia and aired on Farbric FM 101.1, the Nimba County Senator who preached from Proverbs 16:1-4 and John 15:7, on the theme: “God is the Chief Navigator” believes he will only be vulnerable if the people of Nimba County abandon him in such difficult time in his life.
Some of his former soldiers now political supporters, some citizens of the county now see him as savior and political ‘godfather’.
He is believed to be their liberator when they were allegedly suppressed during the regime of President Samuel Doe. Doe was allegedly murdered by Senator Johnson on September 9, 1990.
Now that call for establishment of war crimes tribunal for their prosecution is alarming, Senator Johnson wants his people to repay him by coming in his defense.
“I know Nimba County will never leave me. Nimbaians are very grateful to me. The County will always stand behind me in everything,” Senator Johnson said.
The Nimba County lawmaker said he has been destined by God to lead his people, saying “when the mission is over, God will speak to me in my dream and I will decide.”
Senator Johnson recounted how he was allegedly dumped by the Unity Party during its primary in Saclepea, Nimba County in 2005.
He added “whenever I go to Nimba, people come around. My people love me. So, if you try to use your money to get to me or get me out, you are going to be defeated. The people will chop your money for nothing.”
The controversial Nimba County Senator is consistently accused by Liberians and the international community for ordering the mass killings of Liberians, foreign nationals during his days with the Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia (INPFL).
Many war crimes court campaigners are calling on the international community to pressure the George Weah-led administration to establish a war crime or a special court to bring to book those responsible for crimes against humanity and war crimes during Liberia’s 14-year civil war.