7 January 2013

Liberia: Security Recall

Police Inspector General Chris C. Massaquoi has ordered all police officers assigned at various government ministries withdrawn immediately in a move he described as "a normal routine" without indicating whether replacement would follow.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Vice Joseph Boakai as well as embassies operating here are exempted from the Col. Massaquoi's New Year order in keeping with the normal annual routine.

He affirmed the directive last Friday when a local Human Right Group for the Police honored him for outstanding performance in cracking down criminal activities in the country.

Following the directive, police officers have begun reporting at the Police Headquarters as evidenced by the absence of police officers at the Monrovia City Court at the Temple of Justice on Friday.

"No one should think differently. The recalling of all police officers from previous assignments is in line with our duty," he told reporters.

Police sources hinted to our reporter that the withdrawal of officers from special assignments is due to lack of funding for operations coupled with President Sirleaf's imminent reshuffle of cabinet ministers as an omen of coming events.

Col. Massaquoi ordered Police Chief for Special Assignment, Tony Grant, on 31 December 2012, to recall all police officers assigned with government ministers as well as the House Speaker and Senate Pro-Temp with immediate effect.

But contacted, Speaker Alex Tyler denied knowledge of the order.

Meanwhile, Police Senior Inspector Gregory Coleman has set today as as deadline to remove street sellers from Broad and Randall Streets as well as other parts of the city.

Inspector Coleman made the pronouncement Saturday after an agreement was reached with authorities of the Liberia Marketing Association at the LNP headquarters on Capital Bypass.

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