Written by Nathaniel McClain
Tuesday, 26 June 2012 00:00
“What is happening in the EPS is not the prerogative of the press, no Journalist is allowed to enter the headquarters of the EPS, and currently the bosses are in meeting,”
Report reaching the In Profile Daily says four officers of the Executive Protective Service (EPS) formerly Special Security Service (SSS) charged with the sacred responsibility of protecting the President, her family and other VIPs are being detained without charge for allegedly being “Charles Taylor’s loyalists”.
The act is allegedly being carried out upon orders of the Director of the EPS, Othello Warrick.
This attitude by the EPS Director, according to our sources, is causing morale problems in the service which, if nothing is done, might “pollute” the EPS.
Our sources noted that quite recently the EPS Director along with his Deputy Frank Nyankan allegedly ordered the detention of four EPS personnel and placed them under what they termed ‘solitary’ detention.
The four officers include, Wolobah Kessely Jr., Francis Aworneh, Wilson Fombah, and Alfred Kankar, while at the same time the Deputy Chief for Operations at the EPS Nyankan has allegedly ordered that the four officers should not be allowed to drink water nor eat food, our sources continued.
The four men who were allegedly detained last week have not been formally charged by the EPS Director while they have been denied visitation by friends and family members, our sources said.
Although our sources did not say what led to their detention, the four men were ordered detained for allegedly deserting their posts (DOP).
They argued the act of DOP does not warrant the detention of people in a solitary condition.
The sources also alleged that since Colonel Warrick took over the EPS, there has been discrepancy in the service including deduction in salaries, branding of officers, the creation of secret dark cell for detainees and other security violations which are tantamount to either mutiny or DOP.
When contacted, EPS personnel who refused to disclose his identity told our reporter that it was not possible for him to see his bosses, because he (reporter) never acquired a former appointment with them.
“What is happening in the EPS is not the prerogative of the press, no Journalist is allowed to enter the headquarters of the EPS, and currently the bosses are in meeting,” he added.
One of the officers wearing the EPS uniform charged the press for what he called “always melting in security matters”, stressing the need for government to define the role of the media and the security in the Country.
It can be recalled that during the regime of former President Charles Taylor, there were public outcry about the establishment of a number of secret detention cells in Monrovia and its environs by state security.