The New Dawn (Monrovia)

23 December 2013

Liberia: Massaquoi Stopped From Reaching Ellen

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Police Director Chris Massaquoi being stopped from reaching President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Liberia's Police Director, Chris C. Massaquoi met a shocking public embarrassment at the Monrovia Central Prison Compound or South Beach on Saturday, 21 December 2013, when President Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf's bodyguards barricaded and physically stopped him from getting close to the President.

Massaquoi's worst experience was when Prison Superintendent Adana S. Paye ordered his correction officers to hold the police chief because "He was misbehaving."

The Police Chief, who has received huge public condemnations for act of betrayal, after he was heard in a secret recording aiding the former Managing Director of the Roberts International Airport, Miss Ellen Corkrum, indicted by the Liberian Government for alleged corruption, to flee the country. Massaquoi was sadly restrained by officers of the Executive Protective Service from reaching President Sirleaf despite his attempt to do so.

President Sirleaf was on a guided tour with Prison Superintendent Paye, ahead of the festive seasons to as usual, pardon prisoners who were serving sentences for minor crimes, when Director Massaquoi appeared in the prison compound and paid a salute courtesy to the Commander-In-Chief.

But the Police Director's trouble with Madam Sirleaf's bodyguards started when he tried putting his hand around the President's shoulder with one hand in his pocket, when the EPS aggressively stopped him.

Besides, the EPS ordered him to keep distance away from the President while she walked with Superintendent Paye, as they physically pushed and barricaded him fearlessly.

Situation got very tense for the Police Chief to the extent that he verbally complained to President Sirleaf that he was being pushed and prevented by her bodyguards from getting close to her.

President Sirleaf did not appear to be bothered by the rough scuffle between Massaquoi and her personal bodyguards, but a rather embarrassedly enraged Massaquoi shouted, "Why are you doing this? Madam President, they are pushing me."

When Director Massaquoi finally succeeded in getting President Sirleaf's attention, the EPS reluctantly allowed him to walk not too far from her, but they kept a close watch on him until the Liberian leader drove out of the prison compound.

After his bitter experience with the EPS, Mr. Massaquoi only drove in the President's convoy shortly from the Prison Compound through Center Street, but could not be seen when President Sirleaf visited the Redemption Hospital on Bushrod Island.

The Police Chief declined to speak to newsmen on the incident, as he walked away from microphones, when he was being engaged on the tussle between him and the EPS.

Reasons behind the EPS' action remains unknown, but their stance to keep Massaquoi out of close range with President Sirleaf comes at a time when numerous calls are out for his resignation for allegedly aiding and abetting the escape Miss Corckrum, indicted and wanted by the government for alleged corruption.

The Police Chief has since deepened the scares of his alleged action to have the ex-RIA Managing Director flee to America, when he recently said he has no regret.

When contacted sources at the EPS said they were investigating the incident. EPS Director Othello Warwick could not be reached for comment on the incident.

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