Barely two days following a publication in the Liberian media, that Vice President Joseph N. Boakai and others were to be probed by the Liberian National Police through a communication to the Minister of Justice, Christiana Tah dated on September 3, 2014 and signed by the Director of Police, Chris Massaquoi for their alleged linked to the much talked about information of an Interim Government, the administration of the LNP has refuted such report.
In its reaction the police said, "the Administration of the Liberia National Police (LNP) has read with amusement that it is investigating the Vice President of the Republic of Liberia, His Excellency Joseph Nyuma Boakai in connection with a Chronicle Newspaper publication on the alleged formation of an interim government.
The Liberia National Police wish to clarify that, contrary to this allegation, the LNP is not in any way investigating the Vice President. While it is true that we are conducting a number of investigations, including the National Chronicle newspaper’s allegation on the formation of an interim government, the vice President is not and has never been a subject of any police investigation in this, or any other matter.
“The Vice President is not under any investigation. That is absolutely unfounded. It is the Chronicle newspaper that mentioned names in its own publication; it was his own making.” – Clarence Massaquoi, Director, LNP We, would, therefore, like to clarify that the Vice President, His Excellency Joseph Nyumah Boakai, is not and has never been a subject of any police investigation; and that any reference to the Vice President in that regard is a mere speculation on the part of some media personnel.
Massquoi had earlier denied writing a letter to Justice Minister Tah, when he spoke to the VOA, requesting permission to investigate Boakai. He defended the government’s decision to shut down the National Chronicle without a court order.
“Normally, in a situation like that, if anybody comes up with such article, it’s obvious that the government will make some inquiries because, if you have a constitutional government in power and someone writes to say that an interim government is being formed, I think it’s worth looking into,” Massaquoi said.