23 December 2013

Liberia: Corkrum Tape Fallout? Liberian Prez Snaps at Police Chief

Photo: The New Dawn
Police Director Chris Massaquoi being stopped from reaching President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

A dramatic scene which seems to depict the story of infighting inside President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's inner circle unfolded in broad daylight Saturday at the Monrovia Central Prison where Sirleaf for the first time publicly snubbed one of her long-standing confidants in a very bullying fashion.

Police Director Chris Massaquoi was thrown out of a Presidential Parameter at the Monrovia Central Prison after being denied access by Officers of the Executive Protective Service.

Dressed properly in his Police regalia, Col. Massaquoi was heard during his forceful removal by EPS Officers "oh, oh gentlemen you are pushing me away".

Sources inside the Police told FrontPageAfrica that Director Massaquoi had been warned since by the Executive Mansion to stay clear of the President's residence in the Fish Market Community and her Foreign Ministry Office.

The Commander on duty of a Unit of Correction Officers is said to have ordered the arrest of Director Chris Massaquoi but the scene was later controlled by EPS Officers.

The Correction Officers' Commander reportedly told Director Massaquoi: "Your power does not cover this place, you belong out there and I can order your detention now".

The beleaguered Police Chief still managed his way through the crowd of Presidential guards and Correction Officers though being chastened and succeeded in talking closely to President Sirleaf.

Director Massaquoi was one of Sirleaf's most trusted officials but his loyalty came under question when he was heard on tape recording released indicted figurative Ellen Corkrum and her boyfriend Judge Melvin Johnson

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