14 March Press Briefing Notes

Monday, 14th March 2011

Colleagues of Press:

  • The President, Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, travels to Conakry, Guinea, tomorrow, March 15, to confer with her counterpart, Guinean President Professor Alpha Conde, on bilateral issues.  During the one-day working visit, the President and the Guinean leader will also discuss other matters relating to the Mano River Union sub-regional grouping.
  • The President has constituted a committee, headed by the National Security Advisor to the President, Dr. H. Boima Fahnbulleh Jr., to conduct an investigation into alleged acts of torture reported by agent Patrick Nyan of the Special Security Service (SSS).  The President takes very seriously such allegations and has therefore directed the committee to thoroughly investigate the allegation.  The committee, which comprises the Ministries of Justice and National Security, the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization, and the Liberia National Police, is to shortly submit its report to the President.
  • We wish to point out, however, that contrary to speculations, the SSS Director, Mr. Sam Brisbane, remains head of the Service. Director Brisbane has not been suspended, as has been speculated upon and reported by some media institutions.
  • The President expresses regrets at the fire incident in which more than 100 women, children and babies were left homeless. The victims have been provided temporary residence in Paynesville, following a fire outbreak last Thursday on the Old Road in Sinkor. The President visited victims of the incident on Sunday, and directed that temporary shelter be provided them.  The Ministry of State is coordinating the temporary relocation exercise.  The Ministry has provided mattresses, food items and other facilities for the victims of the fire.