26 December 2013

Liberia: EPS Regrets Massaquoi's Humiliation - Promises to Investigate Incident

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

Authorities at the Executive Mansion elite guards, the Executive Protection Service (EPS) have decided to probe the humiliation of Police Director, Chris C. Massaquoi and expressed regret over the situation.

It may be recalled that during the weekend, Col. Chris C. Massaquoi was denied by the EPS from greeting his boss, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf at the compound of the Monrovia Central Prison.

President Sirleaf had earlier gone to the Monrovia Central Prison ahead of the Christmas festivity and part of her constitutional duties to grant executive clemency to some prisoners who have stayed behind bars for prolonged years.

The EPS could not give any reasons for which Col. Massaquoi was prevented from meeting President Sirleaf but political observers believed the action of the EPS was a result of his alleged role in the secret recording saga of former Liberia Airport Authority (LAA) Managing Director, Ellen Cockrum.

Col. Massaquoi was allegedly heard in the recording revealing plans by the government to arrest Madam Cockrum over an allegation of corruption at the Robert International Airport (RIA).

But in a release issued on Tuesday, December 24, 2013, the EPS Director, Mr. Othello Warrack, said the EPS has no intent to demean any official of government because the Service remains a professional entity that would ensure sanity and dignity.

The release said the EPS has decided to launch an investigation into the matter to ascertain what occurred at the Monrovia Central Prison.

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