According to a very close friend of Michael Samukai’s estranged wife Charlotte, she (the friend) had offered to entertain Charlotte on her birthday last Tuesday, September 13.
“That day, I called her and told her that I was going to take her out. So she left from work and called me. I went to pick her up and we went to the Tropicana Beach. When we got there, we ordered for food and drinks. People had been calling to wish her happy birthday; so when her phone rang, I heard her saying ‘I am right here at Tropicana Beach’. That’s how I jokingly told her that my money was not enough to call many people. She said it was one of her friends who had just come from watching the game and was coming to wish her happy birthday,” narrated Charlotte’s close friend who begged not to be named for security reasons.
Narrating the ordeal further, Charlotte’s friend said within five minutes a swarthy young fellow arrived and introductions were proffered. “I just came to wish you happy birthday but I am going now,” said the young man who would be later identified as Andrews Zardee.
“As he attempted to leave us, Charlotte asked the fellow to stay awhile so she could order something for him. After about two minutes, Michael Samukai called Charlotte on her phone. Immediately after the call, Michael appeared and asked the fellow who was sitting with us: ‘Who are you? You know this lady is my wife and you have been talking to my wife!”
“Your wife is just a friend,” the fellow accordingly replied. Immediately, Michael seized Zardee’s phone and walked away.
According to Charlotte’s friend, Zardee ran after Michael Samukai demanding his phone. “Don’t do that thing to me. I have my wife and family. I am married. Why would I be running after your wife?”
When Zardee attempted taking his phone from Michael, the latter drew out a pistol. “When the fellow kept asking for his phone, Michael pointed the gun at him. That’s how I ran and all I heard from behind me was the sound of two gun shots. Everyone on the beach scattered. My friend and I started running. While the security was trying to stop him, he got in his car and left. We stayed there until 2AM. He was later arrested and taken to the station. The Police asked him to bring the gun and he did,” Charlotte’s friend intimated.
According to family sources, Zardee is currently hospitalized at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center having sustained bullet wounds in the neck.
Information gathered by Capitol Times depict Michael Samukai as a troubled soul whose outward demeanor though seems well composed at most times, has been traumatizing his wife over alleged affairs. “Charlotte had to leave her marital home and move in with her family because the relationship was not going well. Without any proof, Michael was always accusing Charlotte of having affairs, but he was the main person who was caught in different relationships,” the friend confided.
Defense Minister Brownie Samukai has already distanced himself from his son’s actions, saying Michael is a grown man and must take full responsibility for whatever acts he committed.
Efforts to contact the Liberia National Police for updates on Michael Samukai’s possible arrest proved futile as Police Spokesman Sam Collins’ phone was off.