The Inquirer (Monrovia)

27 February 2013

Liberia: LSCI Workers Storm LACC

Normal activities came to a standstill yesterday morning at the headquarters of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) when nine men believed to be working for the Liberia Services Corporation Inc. (LSCI) attempted locking all the vehicles parked in front of the institution.

According to the Chairperson of the Commission, Frances Johnson Allison, the altercation between the LACC's Legal Counsel and secretary personnel was an unpleasant event was a sure sign of lawlessness.

Speaking to members of the press yesterday at a News conference yesterday at the Commission, Chairlady Allison said, "The incident could have been one that was masterminded by unscrupulous individuals but being that police was called in, the situation is now in the hands of the Liberia National Police and until they get back to us we will not know what prompted these men to come here this morning".

She continued that if it is true that cars are parked improperly, the Commission should have been warned of any violations, and if the Commission did violate any order why is it that neighboring businesses and institutions were not targeted for the 'disorderly act' that transpired?

The Legal Counsel for LACC, Othello Payman said about 9:30 A.M. yesterday morning as he was attempting to go to the Temple of Justice, a group of men in yellow shirts tried to lock the tires of his car.

The men were told by other workers to let the Counselor go but they refused and all hell broke loose between the men and the security officers of the Commission. This situation led to the serious brutalization of two of LACC security officers.

Counselor Payman said that he was physically attacked by the men in green but the police was called and the men were arrested by officers from the Liberia National Police.

The question now is if a corporate entity has the power to go above the law and attack citizens in the name of 'doing their jobs;' obviously not because the men involved in the case were arrested by police and would subsequently go to court to answer questions to who sent them and why.

For their part, a staffer of LSCI who was only identified as Jerry told reporters that he was aware of the incident but could not speak any further on the issue as he was in haste to go to the Temple of Justice.

The issue of who is targeting LACC is that if one were to go on the UN Drive where the incident occurred, it could be noticed that there are other businesses and institutions in the same vicinity as the LACC, such as the Ministry of Gender and Development where cars are parked haphazardly.

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