Liberian National Police Director C. Clarence Massaquoi has clarified that the Vice President of the Republic of Liberia, Ambassador Joseph N. Boakai, is not under any probe “in connection with a Chronicle newspaper publication on the alleged formation of an interim government.”
According to Director Massaquoi, the LNP Administration read “with amusement that it is investigating the Vice President.”
“The Liberia National Police wishes to clarify that contrary to the allegation, the LNP is not in any way investigating the Vice President.” He, however, admitted while it is true that they are conducting a number of investigations, including the said newspaper’s allegation on the formation of an interim government, the Vice President has never been a subject of any Police investigation “in this, or any other matter.”
Director Massaquoi said reference to the VP in that regard is a “mere speculation on the part of some media personnel.”
The Police Director’s clarification comes in the wake of recent media report that he had sought the blessing of Justice Minister Christiana Tah for the Police to question the Vice President, Dr. Amos C. Sawyer and Mr. Benoni Urey.
Dr. Sawyer is the former leader of the erstwhile Interim Government of National Unity (IGNU) and current Chair of the country’s Governance Commission while Mr. Urey is a politician, who has expressed his intentions to contest the 2017 presidential elections.
The Chronicle Newspaper, which was stormed and closed sometime last August by officers of the LNP, had alleged in few publications that some group of Liberians, including Dr. James Tarpeh, a former Vice President of the University of Liberia, had formed an interim government to unseat President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Notwithstanding the Police clarification about the VP, nothing was mentioned in their statement, under the signature of Director Massaquoi, about Mr. Urey and Dr. Sawyer.