The New Dawn (Monrovia)

Liberia: Lawmaker Wants Police Boss Out

The Chairman of the House's committee on Claims and Petition, Montserrado County District #11 Representative Gabriel Nyekan has called for the immediate resignation of the Director of the Liberia National Police, Chris Massaquoi for allegedly aiding and abetting the escape of the former Manager of the Roberts International Airport or RIA, Ms Ellen Corkrum and her boyfriend, Judge George Johnson.

The Government of Liberia has indicted Ms Corkrum and subsequently sought her deportation from the United States for allegedly squandering about half a million dollars.

Speaking on a local radio program "Just another Day" on Thursday, Representative Nyenkan said it was worrisome for the government and the country when top security officials are involved in criminal deeds that bring the entire nation to public ridicule.

He described as worrisome, secret recordings of Ms Corkrum that have the voices of Defense Minister Brownie Samukai and Police Director Chris Massaquoi, among others, stressing that the Legislature being the first branch of government, has all rights to probe the matter. But during the talk show, Representative Nyenkan was rebuked by several callers for allegedly declaring the accused a criminal, something they argued is the responsibility of a trial court.

"If I were the police boss, I will shamefully tell the Liberian people sorry for bringing disgrace to the country; take off my uniform and leave the country for aiding and abetting that criminal like Ellen Cockrum and her boyfriend, who came and stole the Liberian people's money," he said.

Besides, he defended his colleague Representative Edward Forh, who had been victim of a similar secret recording by ex-Montserrado County Superintendent Grace Kpan on an alleged plot to squander county development funds.

Nyekan said Forh did not take any money from the coffer of Montserrado, even though he claimed that when the recording against Forh came out, he (Nyekan) told him to resign as Chairman for the Montsrrado County Legislative Caucus to face investigation. He added that the House of Representatives had already set up an investigative team to probe the matter when the Supreme Court placed an injunction.

Notwithstanding, Representative Nyekan has disclosed that lawmakers were meeting with House Speaker Alex Tyler to formulate a committee to probe the Ellen Corkrum's secret recordings of top government officials.

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