Stay Away From Politics, Director Massaquoi Warns Officers

first_imgThe Director of the National Police (LNP) Col. C. Clarence Massaquoi is warning his officers ahead of the special Mid Term Election to stay away from involvement in political activities or drastic action will be taken against them.Col. Massaquoi, addressing members of his Senior Staff on Tuesday, said the SOP of the LNP will affect any officer that engages in political activities during and after elections, stressing that such involvement will undermine the neutrality of the LNP.The LNP boss said the LNP as a law enforcement institution has moral and legal obligations to provide protection for all candidates during elections and reminded the officers to be cognizant of their civil responsibility to their country.Director Massaquoi said any officer seen campaigning or engaging in electoral activities will face the full weight of the Police Duty Manual for their action.Chapter Ten of the Police Duty Manual states that, “By virtue of the membership of the Liberia National Police and in affirming commitment and independence in serving the community at large, no member of the LNP shall join or play an active role in the organization, non-official securing or holding of executive position in any political party or organization; however, he/she may freely exercise his/ her right to cast vote in an official election in Liberia.”“We are not politicians, and so we are not to get involved in political activities and our actions must be in line with our responsibility as a law enforcement institution”, Director Massaquoi emphasized.At the same time the LNP is urging the public to stop carrying civil matters to the police for investigation. The Police boss said civil matters must be handled by the courts and not the police.He encouraged police officers assigned to various Zones and Depots to be professional in their interaction with the public and desist from acts that have the tendency to undermine their professionalism.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liverpool ease past Porto to close on Champions League semis

first_img0Shares0000Keita and Firmino scored the goals as Liverpool saw off Porto© AFP LLUIS GENELIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Apr 9 – Liverpool closed in on a Champions League semi-final meeting with Barcelona or Manchester United as Porto were swept aside 2-0 in the first leg of their quarter-final tie at Anfield.Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino struck inside the first 26 minutes to put the hosts in command and Liverpool’s only regret may be not building a more emphatic lead to take to northern Portugal for next week’s second leg. However, a fourth clean sheet in five home Champions League games this season means an away goal at the Estadio do Dragao on April 17th will leave Porto needing four to progress.Liverpool thrashed the Portuguese giants 5-0 in the first leg of their last-16 tie last season and the scoreline could have been just as embarrassing for Sergio Conceicao’s men had the hosts been more accurate in front of goal.It took Jurgen Klopp’s men just five minutes to open the scoring as Keita got his second goal in as many games having waited nine months to open his Liverpool account.The Guinean got the benefit of a big deflection off Oliver Torres as his strike from the edge of the area left veteran goalkeeper Iker Casillas helpless.Minutes later Firmino was galloping into acres of space in behind the Porto defence, but this time his deflected effort drifted just beyond Casillas’s far post.Mohamed Salah ended his eight-game goal drought as Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League table with a 3-1 win at Southampton on Friday, but the Egyptian got his angles wrong when he failed to hit the target with just Casillas to beat.– Porto’s slack defending –Conceicao was visibly furious with his side’s slack defending, but Porto could easily have got back into the tie when Alisson Becker saved well with his feet from Moussa Marega.Liverpool then had to survive a VAR review for a potential handball against Trent Alexander-Arnold as Alisson palmed the ball into his full-back.Soon, though, Alexander-Arnold was helping twist the knife into Porto at the other end with his eighth assist of the season.Jordan Henderson, playing in a more advanced midfield position than normal, cut the visitors’ defence open for the England international to square for Firmino to tap into an empty net.Liverpool have become accustomed to winning games late in recent weeks in their bid for a first Premier League title in 29 years.However, Klopp’s men seemed keen to kill the tie off before their trip to Portugal as Firmino blazed a great chance from Henderson’s pinpoint pass off target.Only a matter of centimetres denied Liverpool a third early in the second half when another excellent Henderson cross picked out Sadio Mane to volley home, but the Senegalese was flagged offside.Marega kept plugging away to try and find the away goal that would pull Porto back into the tie, but only one of his many second-half efforts forced Alisson into a comfortable save.The fine balance Liverpool must strike in maintaining their quest for European glory alongside ending a long wait for a top-flight title was in evidence as Klopp withdrew Mane and Firmino in the final quarter with one eye on Sunday’s league visit of Chelsea.However, that proved a luxury that Liverpool could afford to take as they look set for a second Champions League semi-final in as many years.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more