House Meeting With PUL, EPS Ends In Deadlock

By Alva M. Wolokolie

The planned meeting scheduled for yesterday, Monday, May 20, 2013 by the leadership of the House of Representatives on the on-going saga between the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) and the Executive Protective Service (EPS) Director, Othello Warrick has ended in deadlock.

The meeting which was held behind close door brought together PUL President, Mr. Peter Quaqua, EPS boss Warrick, House Speaker Alex Tyler and other lawmakers including Maryland County Rep. Bofal Chambers.

The meeting was held as a result of separate communications from two lawmakers, Rep. Prof. Richmond S. Anderson and Rep. Munah E. Pelham-Youngblood about threats against Journalists by Othello Warrick, the Director of the EPS.

It may be recalled that the EPS boss openly threatened to use his gun and go after journalists who would criticize the uprightness of the President and a Liberian like himself. He also referred to media journalists as terrorists while serving as one of the discussants marking World Press Freedom Day.

Sources in the corridor of the Capitol Building confided in legislative reporters that during the meeting with the House leadership, the EPS boss took along with him a recording of his comment made against the media in the Port City of Buchannan on World Press Freedom Day.

Our source also told reporters that EPS Warrick was still on the defensive arguing that his comment was misconstrued by the media. It was also disclosed at that meeting that Warrick told Speaker Tyler that the media’s reaction has caused him embarrassment to the extent that his daughter in the USA has questioned him about the comment whether he (Warrick) really said he would go after journalists.

At that meeting, our sources said Maryland County Representative Bofal Chambers blasted the EPS boss and told him that he does not deserve the post as Director of the Executive Protective Service (EPS). Other lawmakers were moderate in their discussion with EPS Warrick while the PUL was awaiting a conclusion of the meeting.

After few minutes of the discussion, our sources said Speaker Tyler told both parties to go and find a common ground or a way forward to the current saga between the media and the Executive Mansion.