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Liberia: 'No Intention to Demonstrate' - Police Officers Set Record Straight On April 12 Demo

Officers of the Liberia National Police have refuted series of media report of a planned demonstration on April 12, 2013 in demand of a retroactive pay of all civil servant as announced by president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in her recent statement.

Various media report of late have suggested that due to delay by the government to provide the retroactive pay to the Liberia National Police, police officers were to take to the streets on April 12, 2013, the day some civil society organizations have also planned to demonstrate against the Unity Party led government.

Police officer and Inspector of the Police Support Unit Sando Johnson who read the special statement on behalf of his colleagues of the Liberia National Police said the police had no plans for such demonstration on the date mentioned.

"This information is totally false and merely intended to instill fear in the citizenry and a master design by evil hands to legitimize the planned unpopular April 12th demonstration by the civil society groupings," Johnson said.

Johnson claimed that the rumor was being massively circulated simply by the work of detractors who are only interested in seeing the country reverse to civil disorder at the expense of the LNP.

He said police officers have demonstrated high degree of professionalism since the inception of the Unity Party led-government.

He told reporters at the LNP Headquarters on Wednesday in a special statement that the LNP is committed and dedicated to its national duty and the rule of law and that the core mandate of the police is to protect life and property and ensure that the rule of law is adhered to.

Johnson assured the Government of Madam Sirleaf that the leadership of the LNP and the people of the country, foreign residents and partners the men and women of the LNP remain fully committed to the state and its values and vowed never to get involved in acts inimical to the forward march of the state.

He announced that the Ministry of Finance has graciously released the retroactive salaries of officers of the force and the money is being released into the respective accounts of each officer of the LNP.

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