16 December 2013

Liberia: 'No Regret' - Liberia Police Chief Massaquoi Breaks Silence On Cockrumgate

In the wake of calls from several quarters of the country for Police Boss Chris Massaquoi to step down for his alleged role in the escape of the indicted former head of the Liberia Airport Authority, Ellen Cockrum, the police chief says he has no regret for his action.

Madam Ellen Cockrum indicted by the Government on several criminal charges including theft of property is reported to have secretly leftthe country for the United States few months ago based on the help of Director Massaquoi.

While in the United States Madam Cockrum has been releasing a number of secret recordings entrapping several top security heads including Defense Minister Brownie Samukai who has admitted being recorded but beg for forgiveness.

The latest recordings from Madam Cockrum now hitting various radio stations in the country has been that of Police Director Chris Massaquoi.

The recording caught the Police boss on tape, advising Madam Cockrum of plan by the government to arrest her and called on her not to use the Roberts International Airport route to flee the country but an alternative route which was through Liberia Sierra Leone's border with the alleged help of the police boss.

Since the release of the secret recording on the police boss there has been series of calls in many quarters for Director Massaquoi to resign for his alleged role in the escape of indictee Ellen Cockrum.

One of the groups calling for the police chief resignation has been the Criminal Justice Students Association of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion University who described Director Massaquoi's action as a breach of ethical principle.

Lawmaker Edwin Melvin Snowe (District#6) has also joined the fray calling on the police chief to do the honest thing by resigning his post for his alleged role in the Cockrumgate.

Since the series of calls for his resignation the police boss has remained silent on the issue despite every attempt made by the media to have him comment until late Friday when he finally commented during the graduation exercise of some 95 college graduates of the LNP.

"As you are aware there has been a lot on me in the media, I have no regret because my conscious is clear but you will get to hear much on the matter when the time comes" said Director Massaquoi when he took the podium to address the newly trained college graduates of the Liberia National Police (LNP).

Police boss Massaquoi continued that he stills enjoys the confidence reposed in him by the President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and that he is still dedicated in working with the president.

Looking straight in the face of the country's Solicitor General Betty Larmie Blamo who was seated on the right corner of the hall, police chief Massaquoi stated that the matter is in court and did not want to comment on it further.

Comment by the police boss comes at the time when the Criminal Court "C" Judge Blamo Dixon has demanded all recordings released by Ellen Cockrum to be used as evidence ahead of her trial which is expected to start this Wednesday at the Temple of Justice.

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