Liberian Senate Condemns Executive Protection Service, Police Chiefs Clash

(LINA) – The Liberian Senate has condemned the recent clash between members of the Liberia National Police (LNP) and the Executive Protective Service (EPS), the presidential guard.

On Saturday, January 9, a clash erupted between officers of the LNP assigned to the Inspector General Chris Massaquoi and EPS officers assigned to the Presidential Motorcade at the corner of Broad and Center Streets while President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other officials of government were attending a funeral service.

The Senate’s condemnation was triggered by a communication forwarded to that august body by Montserrado County Senator Geraldine Sheriff at the First Day Sitting of the 5th Session of the 53rd Legislature.

Although the Liberian leader immediately instructed the suspension of the heads of both details of the presidential motorcade and the police Inspector General, Senator Sheriff described the act as “unacceptable” and called on members of the Senate to condemn it.

She also urged the senate to mandate its committee on security to investigate the matter and determine its root cause, noting that as UNMIL departs the country in June 2016 such acts should not be repeated.

Sheriff’s point was buttressed by Lofa County Senator George Tengbeh, who noted that in addition to condemnation of the act by the First Branch of government, members of the Senate must continue to frown on the situation to prove that such acts are totally unacceptable.

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