Recent publications in both local and international media surrounding the secret recordings of Liberian senior security and government officials have finally claimed the attention of the 3rd Session of the 53rd Senate during its first day sitting Tuesday, January 14, 2014.
In a communication dated January 7, 2014 and addressed to the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Gbehzohngar Milton Findley, outgoing Senior Senator of Grand Kru County Cletus Segbe Wotorson, and Gbarpolu County Senator Armah Zulu Jallah, recommended that the Senate institutes an immediate investigation of the security apparatus, mainly the security veil around the President.
The communication reads: “We present our compliments and hereby bring to your kind and urgent attention troubling developments surrounding secret recordings involving important elements of the Liberian security sector leadership reported daily in our media. While the government has informed the public of efforts mainly to bring Madam Ellen Corkrum (former Managing Director) to justice for her alleged corruption at the Robert International Airport (RIA), we believe such recordings uncover the fragility of our national security canopy surrounding the Chief Executive of the Government and also exposes the basis of public trust by public officials other than just those who have been indicted for corruption.”
The Senators’ letter concluded: “ We would like to recommend that the Senate institutes an immediate investigation of the security apparatus, mainly the security veil around the President to determine the following: whether the security of the state is guaranteed in the face of present developments under the current leadership; and whether the Police Director and the Minister of National Defense will assist in the investigation to determine the challenges within the security network of our country, towards identifying potential ineffectiveness and incapability to serve as deterrent for the future.”
It may be recalled that last Christmas, during a reception held at his Blamasee residence for his workers and a few journalists, Sen. Wotorson among other things said he was going to push the Senate to investigation the security network in the country.
“I am very concerned about the security breach around our Head of State; that is a very serious threat for someone to have breached that security veil around our President. It is very troubling, and I am going to push in the Senate for an investigation into the security network in our country. Such A security breach is almost unheard of,” Sen. Wotorson declared.
He continued: “It involves our Police Director and our Minister of Defense. Both of whom are in important sectors of the joint security of this country. We depend on them to sleep, and now I am so frightened that I cannot sleep.”
Meanwhile, discussions on the communication were differed to the Thursday sitting.