“If you want 2 loose one of your reporters esp Edwin n Daybor we’re prepare if they donot leave Snowe alone. Snowe is nt PYJ. We’re prepare 2 burn dat damn NewDawn office that hv all stupid (people) like George Barpeen who stole d PUL money. We’ll c 2 it n bring dat fuckin office down.” - Anonymous text threat.
Individuals believed to be acting in favor of Representative Edwin Snowe have threatened the lives of two reporters of the New Dawn and have also vowed to burn down the paper’s offices for reporting on how Mr. Snowe allegedly dished out US$1,000 to a young lady for striping herself naked at a bachelor eve party held at his residence last week.
The reporters are Edwin Genoway and Nathaniel Daygbo; both were at the scene of the incident and filed the report. Under the headline “Snowe’s US$ Makes Woman Go Naked” in this paper’s Wednesday edition, it was reported that Rep. Snowe offered to give US$1,000 to any young girl who would agree to strip naked at the party graced by several government officials, including ministers.
In the process, a young lady instantly undressed herself and walked naked in the room where everyone was sitting. Mr. Snowe gave her the money.
According to those present at the gathering, including New Dawn reporters, before making the announcement of giving US1000 to any woman who would agree to go naked in the room, Mr. Snowe cleared the air and prepared the ground by saying, “F- the Representative (perhaps referring to himself). F- the ministers (apparently referring to the ministers present). This is my (private) residence.”
Mr. Snowe has denied being behind the threatening text messages, saying that anyone doing that is acting on their own and not on his instruction. He also said the person may be interested in seeing the story’s continuous running in the media.
Among the series of text messages sent to New Dawn staffers were some targeted at the paper’s editor, Mr. Othello B. Garblah. One of the anonymous text messages, which was received on Wednesday, January 4, at 20:13, from cell # +231777352796, reads:
“If you want 2 loose one of your reporters esp Edwin n Daybor we’re prepare if they donot leave Snowe alone. Snowe is nt PYJ. We’re prepare 2 burn dat damn NewDawn office that hv all stupid (people) like George Barpeen who stole d PUL money. We’ll c 2 it n bring dat fuckin office down.”
The second text message, sent via the same number 6 minutes later, reads: “Dat txt is jus a warning shot.” The third text message, which was a follow up and a direct insult to Mr. Garblah, reads: “We’ll burn dat dawmn newspaper u ass.”
The last message, again directed at Mr. Garblah and sent on Thursday, a minute after Mr. Snowe had called to distance himself from the text messages, reads: “People say u are untouchable bt u wil c.”
The New Dawn is planning to report the situation to the Liberia National Police and other security agencies for the appropriate actions to be taken.
It is an open secret that since the naked-yourself-for-US$1000 story was reported, series of discussions has taken place and continues to take place, both in the streets and on radios, with some Liberians blaming the butt-naked woman and finding Rep. Snowe not guilty, while others blame Mr. Snowe and say that he is not worth to be a lawmaker or Father of the Year, as others reprimand both Rep. Snowe and the woman for promoting immorality.
Meanwhile, New Dawn has reliably learned that some women groups are planning to stage a protest march against Rep. Snowe for what they call “bringing disgrace to womanhood.”