Wives of Slain Liberian Government officials Want Benjamin Yeaten Arrested
The wives of the two slain government officials, John Yormie and Isaac Vaye, are demanding the bodies of their husbands for proper funeral rites.
According to a letter dated September 22, 2003, and addressed to Justice Minister Cllr. L. Koboi Johnson, the two widows said Cllr. Johnson must conscientiously wake up to his national duty in ensuring that the bodies of their fallen husbands be turned over to them.
Mrs. Yormie and Mrs. Vaye said in the spirit of justice and the rule of law, they were also demanding that the Director of the Special Security Service, General Benjamin Yeaten be arrested and brought to the court of law to state reason behind the gruesome murder of their respective husbands.
The grieving widows further said, “strangely and regrettably indeed”, since the then Vice president of Liberia, Mr. Moses Z. Blah informed them about the death of their husbands, no action has been taken by government to determine the circumstances under which they died.
“Though you were fully informed that these men were arrested on orders of General Yeaten, who himself had earlier assured the families that our husbands were in his custody and that nothing would happen to them”, the widows said.
Mrs. Yormie and Vaye said their letter was in response to Cllr. Johnson’s letter dated June 19, 2003, in which he (Johnson) informed them that an inquiry has been forwarded to the appropriate agencies of government and that he was going to revert to them as soon as he can obtain some answers.
It can be recalled that the late John Yormie and Isaac Vaye were arrested on the night of June 4, 2003 by group of armed men under the command of one “Banana” of the SSS who it was allegedly acting upon the order of his boss, General Benjamin Yeaten.