Forgery has reportedly been uncovered at the National Transitional Legislative
Assembly (NTLA) involving Assemblyman Stephen Gbeh Kofa and Chief Custom
Examiner, Malakie Dukuly and a Nigerian Businessman Prince Ola.
NTLA member, Adolphus Wallace in a letter to Speaker George Dweh, accused
his colleague (Koffa) and Custom Chief Examiner Dukuly and businessman Ola
of forging a document implicating him (Wallace) to request for a duty free
privilege from the Ministry of Finance to clear a vehicle from the Freeport
The vehicle in question, according to Representative Wallace’s communication
which was read during plenary, belongs to businessman Prince Ola.
He said while he (Wallace) was on official duty, Representative Koffa connived
with both Dukuly and Ola in committing the forgery.
According to Representative Wallace, Assemblyman Koffa who is also Chairman
on Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Demobilization Committee and others
successfully utilized the document to clear the vehicle from the Port about
two months ago.
The lawmaker said the attitude of his colleague prompted him to report the
matter to Speaker Dweh for his intervention.
Assemblyman Koffa is said to have admitted committing the act when Speaker
Dweh cited him for clarification.
Convinced that he had erred, Assemblyman Koffa reportedly agreed to pay
the amount of US500 to his colleague (Wallace) for forging a document to
free the vehicle from the Port of Monrovia.
However, report reaching this paper indicates that up to present, Assemblyman
Koffa has not fulfilled his promise as such, while NTLA member Wallace is
seeking redress through Plenary.
When Assemblyman Koffa was contacted at his Capitol Building office for
clarification, his office staff informed our reporter that her boss was
not in the office. Still wanting clarification on the matter, our reporter
again contacted Representative Koffa by way of cell phone but to no avail.
Also when contacted, Mr. Dukuly told our reporter that he is not afraid
of the press because according to him, he is a politician who can defend
himself any time.
He said if it is true that he (Dukuly) is involved in the alleged crime,
he expects Speaker Dweh to communicate with the Minister of Finance through
whom he would be invited.
Meanwhile, all efforts to contact the Nigerian Businessman Ola proved fruitless.