It’s always been hard to single out any one axeman as been particularly more ‘evil’ than the others.
When a group of individuals contain viscous killers, rapists, robbers, fraudsters, pedophiles, managers in the fields of human trafficking, prostitution and drug smuggling… and when a group of individuals pimp themselves out to politicians for large sums of money to rig elections, intimidate, beat and kill political opponents… and when a group of individuals stab each other, beat each other, steal from each other, kill each other and have been known to bite each other’s ears off during altercations… It would seem to hard to single out any specific individual as been any more evil than their comrades in this “glorious movement” the Neo Black Movement of Africa.
However one such member has now been singled out. Rising head and shoulders above this fellow members as a manifestation of pure and undiluted evil. A “Black Lord” so controversially evil that even some of the Neo Black Movement’s members have spoken out against the initiation of this creature into the NBM.
When killers, rapists, robbers, fraudsters and pedophiles question the character of a man you know you are dealing with a creature like the devil.
When the same killers, rapists, robbers, fraudsters and pedophiles equate the individual in question to be “in the class of Idi Amin, Hitler, Saddam, our Abacha and IBB, Campoare, whitemen who came to Africa to ship away our brothers” you are undoubtedly dealing with: “Evil Extraordinaire’.
This is an NBM member who is not responsible for the deaths of 200, 2000 or even 20,000 innocent people. This highly acclaimed Noe Black Movement member had a hand in the killing of over 200,000 people.
He is one of the most notorious war lords in African history: Prince Yormie Johnson
The initiation of Prince Johnson into the NBM invoked mixed feelings within the organisation. Some were disgusted and protested furiously. However some were impressed to have such a notorious, fearsome and savage killer in their midst.
Ike Bobby Onwubuya of the NBM London Zone rushed to defend the inclusion of this tyrant:
“You have to be objective sometimes. Yormie Johnson has never been convicted of any war crimes. He is not even wanted by any war crimes tribunal. He was voted as an independent candidate in a free and relatively fair election” – Ike Bobby Onwubuya (also known as Lord Haile Selassie) of the NBM London Zone.
To scrutinize the value of Ike Bobby Onwubuya’s words it’d require taking some of his advice: “be objective”
If we are to “be objective” we should examine some of the history of Prince Yormie Johnson. Not omit the facts relating to his brutality in favour of simply pointing out Prince Yormie Johnson “has never been convicted of any war crimes”. So let’s go a little deeper than Ike Bobby Onwubuya chooses to go.
In order to understand how Prince Yormie Johnson came to be so infamous, how he came to Nigeria and how he not only crossed paths with the NBM but became a member… it is necessary to understand a little history about him and some of other notable characters in his orbit along and also the geo-political and corrupt backdrop that envelops their history.
These characters are: 1) William R. Tolbert, Jr. 2) Samuel Doe 3) Thomas Quiwonkpa 4) Charles Taylor 5) Former Preseident of Nigeria: Sani Abacha and lastly of course 6) NBM member Prince Yormie Johnson.
1) William R. Tolbert, Jr –
Born May 13th 1913 Tolbert was the 20th President of Liberia from 1971 until his murder in 1980. He abandoned the foreign policy initiates of his predecessor William Tubman (who held a “strong pro-West foreign policy”) and sought greater political independence for Liberia. This saw him establish diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union, People’s Republic of China, Cuba, and several other Eastern Bloc countries. This, it should go without saying, was not to the liking of the United States of America. To add insult to injury Tolbert brought into question the “24-hour-Right” for the U.S. military to use Liberia’s airspace and severed Liberia’s ties with Israel and spoke in favour of recognising national rights of the Palestinian people.
An ideal candidate to be subject to ‘regime change’
On April 12th 1980, the day of the coup d’état, Tolbert was savagely murdered and reportedly “disemboweled in his bed while he slept”. Evidence given in 2008 before a Truth and Reconciliation Commission by Doe’s former justice minister, Councillor Chea Cheapoo, alleged the American CIA had provided the map of the Executive Mansion, enabling the rebels to break into it; that it was a white American CIA agent who shot and killed Tolbert.
In the following days Tolbert’s government ministers were rounded up, arrested and summarily executed.
2) Samuel Doe –
Born May 6th 1951 Samuel Kanyon Doe was the 21st President of Liberia following the assassination of his predecessor William R. Tolbert, Jr.
Upon becoming President Samuel Doe suspended the constitution which enabled him to free a number of prisoners detained under the Tolbert regime. It also enabled him to process 91 officials of the former regime in military courts without jury trial and any legal representation. His early tenure is marked by the resulting mass executions.
Samuel Doe, been of an minority ethnic group, was not greatly popular. However his foreign policy would see him acquire friends in high places. Not least within the United States government. He realigned Liberia with the west and severed links to the Soviet Union. He reopened ports to US, Canadian and European ships and even granted “staging rights on 24-hour notice at Liberia’s sea and airports for the U.S. Rapid Deployment Forces””
This made him very popular with the USA and an ideal candidate to remain in power. At least while he served a purpose.
In 1984 he abandoned a policy of military rule in the country, announced presidential elections and proposed himself as one of the candidates. The election was heavily rigged; Doe had the ballots taken to a secret location and 50 of his own handpicked staff counted them. Foreign observers (except the USA) declared the elections fraudulent. It is also alleged that he changed his official birth date from 1951 to 1950 in order to meet the new constitution’s requirement that the president be at least 35 years old. Doe was formally sworn in on January 6, 1986.
Doe’s corrupt and repressive government became even more repressive shutting down newspapers and banning political activity. The government’s mistreatment of certain ethnic groups would soon lead to the first Liberian civil war.
Doe would later be captured, tortured, killed (and eaten) at the hands of none other than: Prince Yormie Johnson
3) Thomas Quiwonkpa –
Thomas Quiwonkpa was born 1955. At the age of 16 he joined Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL). His career saw him start in a lowly position in the army’s records department. However Quiwonkpa was destined for bigger things (although arguable not better). He gained great prestige within the Doe administration for his part in the 1980 coup. Following the execution of the military commanders under the Tolbert administration in April 1980 by May Quiwonkpa saw himself a major general and made the new AFL commander.
In 1983 differences between him and the president surfaced. He was demoted, accused of plotting to overthrow Doe and had to flee the country.
In 1985 Quiwonkpa returned to Liberia with a group of heavily armed men and attempted a coup against Doe. Commentators at the time attribute USA support for Doe as the main reason the coup failed.
Doe initiated revenge attacks against the Gio and Mano ethnic groups in Quiwonkpa’s Nimba County. This resulted in many thousands of deaths, international concern of ‘genocide’ and contributed to the later onset of the First Liberian Civil War.
Following the failure Quiwonkpa was captured, killed, his body mutilated and eaten.
4) Charles Taylor –
Born 28th January 1948 in Arthington, a town near Monrovia, Liberia. In 1977 Taylor earned a degree at Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts, United States.
He supported the 1980 uprising by Doe and won the position of Director General of the General Services Agency (GSA), a position that left him in charge of purchasing for the Liberian government. He was caught embezzling nearly one million USD and fled to the USA. He was arrested on 21 May 1984 by US Deputy Marshals in Somerville, Massachusetts. However On 15 September 1985 whilst awaiting awaiting the conclusion of his extradition hearing he managed, mysteriously, to escape from the high security prison he was been held: Plymouth County Correctional Facility.
Notably in respect to his escape Charles Taylor claimed that “US CIA agents had helped him escape from the maximum security prison in Boston in 1985”. Which would seem outrageous if it wasn’t for a later freedom of information disclosure from the US Pentagon confirming his ties with US intelligence services. The Defence Intelligence Agency admitted: “Mr Taylor first started working with US intelligence in the 1980s, the period when he rose to become one of the world’s most notorious warlords”.
It is thought upon, again mysteriously, escaping from the USA he fled to Libya where he trained under Muammar Gaddafi. Taylor left Libya and traveled to Ivory Coast where he formed the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL). In December 1989, Taylor launched an armed uprising from the Ivory Coast into Liberia to overthrow the Doe regime, leading to the First Liberian Civil War.
Taylor had captured most of Liberia by 1990 using his Gaddafi-funded war machine. However one man stood in his path and prevented him from attaining a full victory. That man was one of his senior commanders Prince Yormie Johnson who broke away from the NPFL and formed his own rebel group: Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia (INPFL)
Taylor served as president of Liberia 1997-2003 after the First Liberian Civil War. In 2003 under mounting international and domestic pressure he escaped to exile in Nigeria. He was later returned (after been captured at the Cameroon border with a land rover full of cash and heroin) to Liberia and forwarded to Sierra Leone where he stood trial for his role in the Sierra Leone Civil War. Ultimately charged on 11 counts of crimes against humanity, war crimes and other serious violations of international humanitarian law: 1) terrorism, 2) murder, 3) Violence to life, health and physical or mental well-being of persons, in particular murder. 4) Rape 5) Sexual slavery and any other form of sexual violence 6) Outrages upon personal dignity 7) Violence to life, health and physical or mental well-being of persons, in particular cruel treatment 8) Other inhumane acts 9) Conscripting or enlisting children under the age of 15 years into armed forces or groups, or using them to participate actively in hostilities 10) Enslavement and 11) Looting and Pillaging.
He is currently serving a 50 year sentence in the United Kingdom.
5) Sani Abacha –
Born 20th September 1943. Abacha was born in Kano, Nigeria. He attended the Nigerian Military Training College and after graduating from Mons Officer Cadet School in Aldershot, England in 1963 he was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant. Abacha’s military career is most notable for a long string of successful coups. He is regarded as the “the most successful coup plotter in the history of Nigeria’s military”. In 1990, Abacha became the first Nigerian soldier to attain the rank of a full General without skipping a single rank.
On 17th November 1993 Abacha seized power in Nigeria and installed himself as President. He served in this role from 1993 to 1998. Although his term at the time was seen as positive (mainly due to the country’s economic improvement under his leadership) it was later marred with evidence of enormous amounts of corruption and human right abuses.
Investigations after his death by British, Swizz and US authorities estimated that Abacha had looted no less than $2.2 billion USD (although later estimated to be between 2 and 5 billion USD) from Nigerian State funds into offshore banks accounts in Britain, United States, Jersey and Switzerland.
The Swizz in 1999 froze nearly half a billion USD traced to been held in Swizz bank accounts and it was declared ”The greater part of these assets are obviously of criminal origin,”. The British authorities were able to identify 1.3 billion USD of funds that had been handled by British banks but were, in the most part, unable to determine the final location of these funds. In 2002, Abacha’s family agreed to return $1.2 billion that was stolen from the central bank. The US Sate Department announced in 2014 it had frozen $458 million USD also of criminal origin relating to Abacha’s term as president.
Abacha’s exploits would later see him ranked 4th in a list of the world’s most corrupt leaders.
Prince Yormie Johnson
Prince Yormie Johnson was born 6th July 1952 in Tapeta, Nimba County in the middle east of Liberia. He was raised by an uncle in the capital city of Monrovia. In 1971 at the age of 19 he joined the Liberian National Guard (LNG) where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant and participated in military training in the USA. His brutal attitude enabled him to become the personal assistant and right hand man of Thomas Quiwonkpa, the Commanding General of the Armed Forces of Liberia. Thomas Quiwonkpa later attempted a coup in 1985 against the 21st President of Liberia – Samuel Doe.
Thomas Quiwonkpa coup attempt failed and he was killed and eaten.
Later in 1985 another important figure emerged in an attempt to seize power from Samuel Doe: Charles Taylor.
Prince Yormie Johnson was a senior commander under Charles Taylor during the First Liberian Civil War. In 1990 he created a break-away group ‘Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia (INPFL)’. This splinter group denied Charles Taylor his complete victory by seizing control of Liberia’s capital city Monrovia in the summer of 1990.
In September 1990 Johnson and his men stormed the HQ of the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) in Monrovia and abducted president Samuel Doe. Johnson then presided over the torture, mutilation and eventual execution of Doe. This disturbing act of barbarism was captured on film and shows Johnson calmly been fanned by his wife and sipping a budweiser whilst his men cut off Doe’s ear.
Further instances of Johnson’s barbarism are evident during the First Liberian Civil War. Many call for him to sent to the Hague for war crimes for his part in the killing of thousands of innocent men, woman and children during his ruthless campaign. Included in those killings were aid workers helping those effected by the civil war.
He proclaimed himself Liberia’s president but this didn’t last for long. Under increasing pressure from rebels loyal to Charles Taylor he eventually fled to the safety of Nigeria.
It is here in Nigeria he made several controversial alignments. One with Sani Abacha with whom he became personal friend (as he did also with fellow human rights abuser and murderer Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida) and another with ‘The Neo Black Movement of Africa’ who initiated him secretly as a member.
Prince Yormie Johnson and The Neo Black Movement of Africa
Many people who examine the NBM (and this includes even it’s own members) see the NBM has a hierarchical system with three distinct tiers. The first tier is at temple of level (the ‘ayes’ in the university temples). The second tier is that of the Lords at Zonal level. The third tier consists of the National Leadership/Government. This contains the National Head – Oritsebemigho Eyeoyibo and the National Executive Council of Elders (NEXCO).
However there exists one further tier – The 4th Tier.
The 4th Tier is the most secretive of all. This tier consists of the most influential, powerful, corrupt and dangerous members of the NBM. These members are initiated in secret and their membership is often kept undisclosed from many of the NBM’s own members. Such 4th Tier members include members of the federal government, other high ranking government officials, members of the judiciary and law enforcement, high ranking business and banking officials and an assortment of other powerful and dangerous criminals.
Following the arrests this year (2015) in Edo State of many cultists it was these ‘4th tier’ members that came to the aid of the NBM. The Attorney General no less stepped in and ensured the release of many high profile NBM members.
Another such powerful member of the NBM is the former Liberian Warlord: Prince Yormie Johnson
He was initiated (‘blended’) in secret into the NBM some time prior to 2006 after attending a Neo Black Movement convention in 2004 held in Asaba.
His membership was received by mixed feeling within the NBM. Although the leadership saw the advantages of having such a barbaric, evil and powerful character in their organisation. Some members started voicing their objections:
“Prince Johnson is an illeterate criminal. He should be in the gallows. This is the beginning of a new era for NBM.What we are trying to instill is discipline, civility, good conduct. Celebrating a violent criminal like “pastor” prince Johnson is not what NBM is about. Discussing the issue that led to the Liberia crisis for all axemen to learn from would have been more beneficial. This can misled axemen especially those on campus to honor idiots like pastor prince Johnson as a great African leader”
“My Lord na on
this forum last year the whole debate come out say dem don blend Yomi
Johnson as axeman and the divergent views that followed including people
praising those who were responsible for him becoming an Axeman.
My Lord unfortunately he was blended last year by the powers that be and
even attended the 2004 Convention in Asaba.”
“So that murderer is an axeman.If I’m made the national head, my first assignment will be to deaxe the criminal immediately and also those who initiated him.”
“I think this issue should be taking to the national convention in march or to the national COE, I know they will not do nothing about it.”
“You are right! we should talking about responsible people in NBM of today not people like yomi johnson.”
“Yomi Johnson that lunatic who butchered Samuel Doe.It is important to state here that I’m not in support of Samuel Doe. Yomi and Sammy are both murderers and disgrace to humanity.They are in the class of Idi Amin, Hitler, Saddam, our Abacha and IBB, Campoare, whitemen who came to Africa to ship away our brothers and multinational companies like Shell, Chevron etc who are conniving with our political “misfit” to loot our wealth”
“You have to be objective sometimes. Yormie Johnson has never been convicted of any war crimes. He is not even wanted by any war crimes tribunal. He was voted as an independent candidate in a free and relatively fair election.” – Ike Bobby Onwubuya (also known as Lord Haile Selassie) of the NBM London Zone.
I should be objective all the times not sometimes.I’m objective all the times.You said”Yormie Johnson has never been convicted of any war crimes.” So what?Does that justify his crime against humanity.You said “Yormie Johnson has never been convicted of any war crimes.” When does getting away with crime justify the crime itself?Our jail are filled with less than 1% of those who deserve to be there.Does that make the other 99% innocent. Its this type of twisted argument that makes the IBB’s of this world think they are being persecuted when genuine calls are made for them to be thrown behind bars instead of seeking for vote from his victims.
You poured out “He was voted as an independent candidate in a free and relatively fair election.” Yes he was “voted”. Read my last posting on the low of democracy, I didn’t read your posting before I did that.Democracy has been hijacked by thugs in Africa, some axemen are thugs in Benin. In Europe and USA democracy is controlled by special interest group and the “tyranic” majority.
Prince Yomi Johnson is a criminal. He is not qualified to be an axeman and should be deaxed immediately.That’s being objective and fair to all especially the few good people in NBM.”
“The national head of Nbm is bigger than Edo state government even the president of Nigeria….. Nbm electorial system is challenged, it is most like to produce Prince Yomi Johnson the butcher of Monrovia as national head over our founder Ibm Godidi the saddest.”
“Those who initiated Prince Yomi Johnson were only thinking of their personal benefit either in terms of ego,money or power.If I’m the national head, I’ll work for his deaxeation and tell the world we are reformed and peaceful. whereas Yomi is a criminal, symble of violence.Iniatiatin g Yomi is a bad PRO for NBM. Expelling him and making it public will be a very good PRO.”
“personalities like criminal Prince Johnson, our selfish national head, and some moronic ayes whose only qualification is their ill gotten wealth and ability to do evil.”
“The head should not steal the movement money and should not allow any officer to steal our money.He should be ready to “mass-deaxe” all criminal axemen especially murderer Yomi Johnson”
“I initiated Jones,was my ideal axeman.I deliberately made sure we shared the same axe name.He told me he is instrumental to the initiation of that Liberian monster Prince Johnson,for that I’ll not support him.”
“Deaxe murderers like Prince Johnson, many more that are not qualified to be axemen.”
“The movement have initiated people with shady characters and criminals in the past like Prince Johnson of Liberia and Apa of Nigeria, and even Ogboni members.We’ve seen the rise of criminals to the highest position of authority as head and chairman ncoe.”
“If it is true that Ajakaiye eat someone’s ear, then he is an animal in the mode of his fellow “axeman” Prince Johnson of Liberia that animal who was not satisfied with killing a fellow human being chop off his ear and penis and made him to eat it.They are both axemen, cannibals are members of Neo Black Movement courtesy of greedy leaders on Nbm.”
“The only reason while Prince Johnson was initiated is to boast their ego- we have a killer in our mist”
The Neo Black Movement should look to change their motto given the inclusion of the warlord Prince Johnson
From: “an eye for an eye” to maybe “an ear for an ear”
Or maybe more fitting: “the make an evil omelette you have to blend some bad eggs”