The Analyst (Monrovia)

14 August 2014

Liberia: Police Arresting People Preventing Health Duties - Col. Massaquoi

The Inspector General of the Liberian National Police, Col. Chris Clarence Massaquoi, has disclosed that the police have begun arresting those individuals who are impairing the work of healthcare employees. The police director made specific reference to those barricading checkpoints to prevent health workers from taking Ebola corpses from communities and streets.

He made the disclosure at the Capitol Building recently when lawmakers Briefed Monday at the Chambers of the Liberian Senate
The LNP boss was addressing the Senate on the level of work been done by the Police as regards the Ebola Disease outbreak in Liberia.
Col. Massaquoi said the police have erected checkpoints to quarantine Ebola area and affected communities as well as to confiscation of bush meats, so that police officers will not get infected with the Ebola.

The police boss informed the Senate that so far, the LNP has had two officers who dropped while on their assignment, clarifying that there has not been any confirmed report indicating whether or not these officers have been infected with the Ebola Disease.

He however said background checking by the LNP indicated that the two officers dropped as a result of heart attacks saying, “We will have the results made available to us”.
According to Col Massaquoi, the police came with zero threats and pest threat analysis, after which the police have put in place some strong measures to deal with a given situation called ‘’RESCUE’’ for the protection of health workers in assisting them to do their work. The police director noted that LNP will not tolerate any form of demonstrations or protest during this time of the State of Emergency in the country.

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