President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Acts on NPA Violence Report

Thursday, 9th August 2007
Assistant Information Minister, Abu Kamara(L); Press Sec.Cyrus Wleh Badio(c); Deputy Information Minister for Public Affairs, Gabriel Williams
Assistant Information Minister, Abu Kamara(L); Press Sec.Cyrus Wleh Badio(c); Deputy Information Minister for Public Affairs, Gabriel Williams
Photo Credit: James M. Garresen, II/Executive Mansion

Monrovia, Liberia - The President has studied the Report of the Board of Inquiry into the Violence that erupted at the Freeport of Monrovia on the morning of July 9, 2007 and has taken the following decisions which take into account the recommendations of the Report:

1. The senior management of the National Port Authority (NPA) and the Senior management of the Liberia National Police (LNP) have been requested to investigate the level of injury sustained and/or property damage during the incident. The report from these management groups will be due by end August to enable government to determine an appropriate level of compensation, including settlement of bills for medical services, which will be for the account of government.

2. The Ministry of National Security (MNS) supported by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) of the Liberian Security Service have been authorized to conduct a full investigation into professional misconduct of men of both the LNP and Liberian Seaport Police (LSP) and by August 30 make recommendations to the President on action to be taken against those who acted contrary to the “Law Enforcement Code of Ethics”.

3. The MNS supported by the NBI have been authorized to undertake a Full scale investigation into alleged fuel theft which provided the basis for the incident and to make a report by August 30. Their recommendations will be clear as to who is to be prosecuted for this illegal act.

4. Recommended suspension of Lt. Col. Nathaniel Zoegar, Assistant Director of LSP, for one month without pay for dereliction of duty, has been endorsed and implementation authorized.

5. The Inspector General of Police is hereby placed on a three-month probation period and will be required to undertake a one-month out of Country leadership and strategic management course, to enable her to carry out her senior management responsibilities with much more sensitivity and effectiveness.

6. The President has requested the security service with support of UNPOL to assess and assist in restructuring the radio communication center of the LNP to ensure more efficiency and effectiveness.

Finally, the President has made it clear that as the national body with overall statutory responsibility, the LNP is the supreme body to ensure the enforcement of security measures and to take appropriate legal steps when there is an infraction of the peace and violation of security laws and/or infringement of human rights.

On intervention by the LNP in any security matter, all secondary Security units must give way to the authority of the LNP and play a supportive and collaborative role in bringing the situation under control in accordance with law.