Goverment Sets up Board of Inquiry to Investigate Free Port incident.

Monday, 9th July 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - The Liberian government has set up a Board of Inquiry to investigate the violence which erupted early Monday morning between some members of the Liberia National Police Force and the Sea Port Police of the National Port Authority.

The Board, according to an Executive Mansion release Monday night, is headed by National Security Advisor, Dr. H. Boimah Fahnbulleh. Its members include the Bar Association, the Liberia Council of Churches; the Solicitor-general, the Civil Society, the Liberia National Law Enforcement Association and UNMIL.

The Board is to present its report to the President in five working days.

In a statement Monday night read by Information Minister, Dr. Lawrence Bropleh, the government said calm has returned to the Freeport and normal activities have resumed. The statement said, Police Director, Munah Sieh and the Director of the Seaport Police, Ashford Peal have both promised to work together to ensure that law and order prevails not only at the Port but around Monrovia and its environs.

The government said anyone found guilty of using excessive force during the incident in violation of the law, would be dealt with under the full extent of the law.