The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) says it senses that unknown individuals might be targeting it under the guise of enforcing city parking laws, when its legal counsel Othello Paymah was allegedly attacked by nine able-bodied parking agents believed to have come from the Liberia Services Incorporated (LSI), which engages in parking registrations in Monrovia.
Addressing a news conference at the LACC office down Gurley Street, on Tuesday, the anti-graft boss Counselor Francis Johnson Alison told reporters that it was a shocking incident when mere city parking attendants went to boot their lawyer's vehicle which she said was parked under the LACC.
"Somebody might be targeting the LACC because we have not experienced this for years... you have other ministries and agencies around here, and nobody does that," said Cllr. Allison.
However, she said when LACC security officers went on the scene to remove the boot around Cllr. Paymah's car; the LSI agents allegedly assaulted them and tore their uniforms apart.
In the process of the fight, the LACC officers also allegedly lost their two cell phones, while the parking agents also pursued them at Cllr. Paymah's office door and continued fighting there.
The LACC displayed two of the heavy irons often used to boot cars that were allegedly thrown at the security officers by the parking agents during the fight. Cllr. Paymah however said he was on his way to court at the Temple of Justice Tuesday morning when he was attacked by the men, who he said hit him in the chest.
"I exercised all restraints; all I was after was they should let me go to court because I know this is a country of law. While trying to get in my car, the men said we had no business to park where we were parked," said Cllr. Paymah.
LACC Commissioner Cllr. Augustine Toe said", the men physically attacked our security; I call the police and they came on the scene." Cllr. Toe said the police arrested the LSI agents and have commenced investigation. The LACC has however vowed to seek redress in court upon conclusion of the investigation.
But when this paper met with office staffs at LSI down Carey Street for clarity, they refused to comment on grounds that their boss was not present. They further refused to give his contact to this paper.