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Liberia: Hire Private Security -EPS Tells Weah

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The elite presidential protection unit, the Executive Protection Service (EPS), has advised former President George Manneh Weah to hire private service if he wants additional security bodyguard’s protection.

The EPS through a press statement issued in Monrovia, yesterday, Wednesday states: “The EPS has assigned several well-trained agents with long-term experience to former President George Weah, meaning he is in safe hands. In Liberia’s recent history, he is the first former president who has received the biggest number of bodyguards. But, if he so desires more security protection, he can hire private security guards as former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and then Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai did over the past six years,” the statement under the signature of Philip G. Moore, EPS media officer.

According the EPS, on the issue of former President Weah’s EPS bodyguards, there is no law in the book that EPS provides bodyguards for former presidents, former vice Presidents, etc., but it has been a longstanding tradition that the incumbent president usually authorizes security protection for those who had occupied the office before him or her.

In keeping with that tradition, provision of security protection to the former president and former vice president is automatic; it is not based on a request from the former. And that the size of the detail or bodyguards corps assigned is determined by the EPS based on the threat level around said VIP.

Responding to the information that some EPS officers were dismissed, Mr. Philip Moore said, “on the issue of dismissed and resigned agents, almost all the agents who were terminated have not reported to work since January 2024. Information received by the EPS indicates most of them have left the country. Also, almost all those who resigned are abroad and have communicated their resignation from their jobs to the EPS Human Resource Department”.


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