The NEWS (Monrovia)

31 January 2013

Liberia: Police Speaks On UL Student Arrest

The Liberia National Police have provided clarifications on the reported arrest of a student of the University of Liberia identified Vandallah R. Patrick.

There were reports that the police arrested student Patrick for allegedly leading a street demonstration of UL students on Monday at the Capitol Building at the time President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was delivering her annual message to the Legislature.

According to the report, student Patrick was arrested late Monday evening by plain clothes security personnel believed to be officers of the Liberia National Police.

However, the LNP through its Spokesperson Sam Collins said the police was not after student Patrick as he did not do anything that warrant his arrest.

Mr. Collins said the LNP is not in the habit of going after peaceful citizens as being alleged by some people.

He further said police officers do not wear plain clothes but uniforms that they can be identified by saying "so anyone wearing plain clothes cannot be called a police officer."

Although there are officers of the Crimes Services Department and Criminal Intelligence Unit of the Liberia National Police who normally wear plain clothes due to the nature of their assignment, but Collins out rightly denied that police officers do not wear plain clothes.

It is not known whether Mr. Collins verify the information before denying the report of arrest of a student.

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