Bodyguard of Liberia’s Director of Special Security Service Killed
In a shooting incident at the home of Liberia’s newly appointed Director of the Special Security Service, Col C. Clarence Massaquoi, bodyguard Emmanuel Williams was killed early Saturday morning, according to reports reaching Running Africa.
Law enforcement authorities have launched an immediate investigation as the deputy to Col. Massaquoi, Ashford Peal is now said to be a subject of the investigation. Mr. Peal, accompanied by his bodyguards, had allegedly gone to the residence of Col. Massaquoi asking for the gate to be opened because he wanted to have a discussion with the director. It is further alleged that security officers assigned at the home of director Massaquoi refused Mr. Peal entry and as a result a row developed between bodyguards of the two officials.
By the time the row had ceased, a shot was fired and one officer was lying dead, according to a neighbor who wants to remain anonymous.Â Another anonymous source at the scene said deputy Director Peal is being investigated because it was he who pulled the trigger. SSS Director Chris Massaquoi has been unreachable since the incident as his cell phone was off for the most of Saturday.
Col. Massaquoi who had served as commissioner of immigration for less than six months, was on Thursday appointed director of the Special Security Service to replace Victor Herd following the Executive Mansion fire on independence day which destroyed three floors including the office of president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Few days after the appointment, armed men using AK-47 riffles, reportedly attacked Director Massaquoi’s home but fled after exchange of fire with bodyguards. Col. Massaquoi said he was not taking that incident likely. Security forces are still investigating that incident and have not been able to determine if it was an attempted armed robbery or assassination attempt.