Former EPS Director Othello Warrick Dies

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Controversial former Executive Protection Service (EPS) Director, Daniel Othello Warrick, has died. He took his last breath early Saturday, August 1, morning, less than 24 hours after he reportedly experienced a brain aneurism (brain disturb or blood filled in the brain) at his home in Monrovia, a former colleague said.
Our Executive Mansion source said the deceased had undergone brain surgery, while serving with the US Armed Forces, but departed against medical advice (AMA) to seek a job opportunity in his native home, Liberia, in the administration of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
The late Warrick gained notoriety for his aggravating remarks toward Liberian journalists, in his capacity at the time as Director of the Executive Protection Service – the presidential guard – invoking the power of his gun against the power of the pen, should they publish any content that he was not satisfied with. “Be careful,” he told a forum of journalists in his keynote address at the 2013 celebration of World Press Freedom Day in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, “because you have your pen and we have our guns. And if you incriminate the character or integrity of Liberians, like myself, we will come after you.”
Under intense pressure to retract his remarks or resign, he later commented that his remarks were quoted out of context.
Responding to media blackouts against the President for not reprimanding her chief bodyguard, President Sirleaf in apparent defense of Warrick said, “The blackouts can continue as long as they want,” adding, “I like it that way.”
Mr. Warrick spent his final hours at the Aspen Medical health facility in Sinkor, awaiting a transfer abroad for further medical attention concerning his condition.
Our source said friends, family members and loved ones; even the Executive Mansion, where he last worked, made last minute efforts to airlift him to Dakar, Senegal on Friday, July 31, for an emergency procedure, but weather conditions prevented them from doing so until the following day, Saturday, when he expired.
“The medical chopper was due in Monrovia early Saturday morning, but the former the EPS director did not survive and was pronounced dead early Saturday morning,” our source said.
In 2005, Daniel Othello Warrick ended a 10-year career in the United States Navy, where he served with distinction, bearing several meritorious awards. He served as a recruiter; participated in several missions; and served on several US Naval ships as a gas and turbine engineer.
A year later, Warrick returned to his homeland, Liberia to serve in the administration of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, first as Deputy Defense Minister for Administration. Drawing on his experience as a former recruiter in the US Navy, he played a key role in the restructuring and policy design of the new Armed Forces of Liberia.
Warrick obtained a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Management Information Systems from the University of Maryland, University College (USA) and subsequently a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the same institution. He also obtained two prestigious certificates: one in Budgeting and Management from the United States Naval Postgraduate School; and a certificate in Leadership in Development from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.
Since his departure from the presidential guard in early 2014, Warrick devoted his time to his family, and a few private sector pursuits, particularly in agriculture and real estate business.
Surrounded by his close relatives and friends at the time of his death, Warrick, a son of Grand Bassa County, is survived by his wife Marjay, two beautiful children and a host of relatives and friends both at home in Liberia and the Diaspora.

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