ULSU Alleges Arrest Order, But…

The student leadership of the University of Liberia has alleged that there are attempts to arrest their acting president, Mr. Anthony Williams.    The secretary general of the University of Liberia Student Union (ULSU), Mr. Calvin Summon, told this paper yesterday that for days, since the student leadership also called for the resignation of the Vice President for Academic Affairs at the university, Dr. Wade Brownell, some plain clothes and police officers have been making attempts to arrest their leaders.

He said they believe that there is a secret “arrest order” out for their arrest, and that since they have noticed this sinister plan, they have been able to avoid such an arrest.

He alleged further that yesterday a similar attempt was made in the Buzzi Quarter area where Mr. Williams resides, and that they received information that the officers even went on the campus in pursuit of Mr. Williams.

The ULSU secretary general said that because of the situation, they feel ‘insecure” as anything can happen anytime to them.

But the Director of Police, Chris Massaquoi, said there was no arrest order for Mr. Williams. He said Mr. Williams was only invited to ‘make clarification’ on a recent statement published in the New Democrat in which he predicted the shedding of blood in the city, as the students planned to demonstrate before the Capitol Building when President Sirleaf goes there to deliver  her annual message.

He said the police was also concerned about another incident on Monday during which time tires were set ablaze before the entrance of the university.

The Police Director said the police want to find out if the students have any role in this incident. “We only want him to make clarification,” he maintained.

Classes at the university have been suspended since November last year in the wake of student protest, calling for the resignation of Dr. Brownell. Prior to that, the Faculty Association announced a “disengagement’ protest action demanding the resignation of Dr. Brownell, the increment of salaries and the reinstatement of teachers allegedly dismissed illegally.

On Monday last week, the Faculty Association reinforced their earlier stance, insisting that the authorities meet their demands before resuming classes.

Meanwhile, it has been reliably learnt that the Board of Trustees, which was mandated by the Visitor to the university, President Sirleaf is winding up its investigation into the matter.

Press Secretary, Jerelimik Piah, recently told this paper that if the Board completes its findings and report to the President, she would address the nation on the matter.