BUCHANAN, Grand Bassa – The management of TRANSCO CLSG has condemned the recent alleged assault of a Liberian employee by a Peruvian hired by UTE Elecnor Eiffage Energie in Buchanan.
In a press release, TRANSCO CLSG says it respects the rule of law as well as the tenet of Liberia’s labor law and will not support any illegal action of any one of its employees or contractors.
The multinational power company aims to build and maintain interconnected power distribution lines between the states of Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. UTE Elecnor is one of TRANSCO CLSG’s contractors working in Buchanan.
The statement comes after a 31-year-old Joel Rodriguet Crisostomo, who works as an assistant survey manager for UTE Elecnor, was charged by police for assaulting his driver, Abraham Jappah.
TRANSCO CLSG said it is aware that the case is now before the Buchanan Magisterial Court and expects the law to take its course.
“TRANSCO CLSG is once again reemphasizing its commitment to ensuring that Liberians have stable and affordable electricity through the ongoing construction of the transmission lines and substations in Grand Bassa County and other parts of the country,” the company said.
When the project is completed, it will enhance power supply in Liberia and improve economic growth. Liberians in Grand Bassa and other parts of the country will have access to affordable and stable electricity. The company called on every Liberian, including the people of Grand Bassa, to support this initiative in order to develop the country.
Meanwhile, Crisostomo made his first appearance in court on Tuesday, January 15. The Peruvian was invited by police in Grand Bassa based on a complaint filed by his driver, Jappah, who said Crisostomo had beat him while on duty on Saturday, January 12.
Crisostomo was accompanied in court by his lawyer, Frank Nimely, and some workers of UTE Elecnor. The complainant, Jappah, was represented by the city solicitor, Issac Yorcee.
After claims and counter claims by both lawyers, presided over by Judge Richard Brown, the complainant asked for deferment of the case until next Tuesday to allow him to seek medication. Yorcee said his client, Jappah, could not speak in the court due to severe pains he was experiencing as a result of the assault.
Jappah was seen in the court with his neck bandaged and he appeared to have difficulty turning.
Crisostomo, who was charged with simple assault, was escorted by the sheriffs to the Upper Buchanan Prison Compound, as there was no bail bond filed on his behalf. If no one bails him out, Crisostomo will remain in jail until next Tuesday, when the case resumes.
Featured photo by Sampson David