6 July 2014

Liberia: Police Arrests Lawmaker

Riot police of the Emergency Police Unit-ERU that went to restore calm in Zolowee, Nimba County have arrested a lawmaker and taken him to Monrovia, senator Thomas Grupee told New Republic newspaper.

Prince Tokpa a representative from the area was sent by his colleagues to help restore calm.

"As I speak to you know, I am on my way to Nimba County. But I have been told that they have arrested our colleague-Prince Tokpa. The Emergency Response Unit-ERU arrested him and put him in their vehicle," he said on phone in an angry tone.

He said, "this is unacceptable. I saw the vehicle and stopped it, they refused to stop. He went to help bring peace to the place, but they arrested him," he said.

Ellen to meet lawmakers

He said, due to the seriousness of the incident, the president has decided to meet with the on Saturday.

"The president has decided to hold meeting with us on Saturday. We will not meet with her until our friend is released from detention. This is totally unacceptable," he said.

He said, "I am on my way to Nimba to hold further discussions on this matter. This is very grave and we will not allow this to happen. We do not like violence."

"I have called minister Mclain to inform him about this incident," he said.

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