EPS Officer Shoots Colleague at UP Convention

first_imgThe merry-making that should have characterized day-two of the governing Unity Party’s (UP) National Convention in Gbarnga, Bong County, turned sour as delegates and well-wishers took to their heels when agent Prince Mawolo of the Executive Protective Service (EPS) assigned with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf allegedly shot one of his colleagues outside the convention hall. Mawolo shot and injured his fellow EPS officer (yet to be identified) when they reportedly disagreed on who was entitled to a “certain woman.”The wounded agent was meanwhile admitted at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Phebe Hospital in Suakoko, near Gbarnga, although there has not been an official statement about his condition, a hospital source told our reporter yesterday via mobile phone.The situation, which nearly disrupted the holding of the second day of the convention on Friday, July 8, resulted in several other persons, including a radio journalist from Monrovia, sustaining injuries in the stampede.Many of those who sustained injuries said they were frightened by both the gunfire and the scuffle that ensued while police and other EPS officers struggled to disarm the agent who reportedly discharged his firearm. He was meanwhile subdued.A male victim, who nearly broke his hand in the rush to get as far away as possible from the sound of the gun, said the “unprofessional discharge of the firearm by the EPS agent took place a stone’s throw away from President Sirleaf’s convoy and other dignitaries.”What the Daily Observer gathered shortly afterward, which was corroborated by what LNP sources later told this newspaper, was that Agent Mawolo and the injured officer had quarreled over who should enjoy the company of a prostitute who was on the lookout for a ‘john’ when his weapon went off. She was, however, not harmed.Mawolo who had resisted arrest, was later subdued, disarmed, handcuffed and thrown in the back of a police pick-up that took him to the Gbarnga police station.Some officers alleged that Agent Mawolo acted under the influence of alcohol, but EPS Director Frank Nyankan attributed the agent’s action to what he described as “an accidental discharge, which unfortunately wounded his colleague.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Major Brexit conference takes place in Letterkenny today

first_imgThe Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Joe McHugh. TD, is this morning, as part of the All-Island Civic Dialogue on Brexit, hosting a meeting of local stakeholders in Letterkenny.Minister McHugh has convened the meeting to hear, as the Brexit negotiations draw nearer, the views of those living and working in the North West and wider border region on how best to protect the progress that has been made in the area in recent years and how to maximise the regional potential in the North West and wider border region.The event has been organised in partnership with Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council. Speaking at this morning’s event Minister McHugh said he is delighted to be hosting this important discussion here in Donegal in partnership with the two Councils.“It has been recognised across the European Union and by the EU Brexit Negotiating Team that the border areas on this island are the areas that will feel the impact of Brexit most significantly.Delegates at this morning’s conference.“This gathering of interested parties provides business and community leaders in the North West region with an opportunity to feed their views into the Government’s planning.“Initiatives like the North West Strategic Growth Partnership have helped to deliver growth and prosperity over the past few years. The Partnership offers a regional-focussed forum and a lens through which the very significant challenges arising from Brexit may be addressed on the ground. “Today’s All-Island Sectoral Dialogue will allow me to hear a wide range of voices from the North West and wider border areas and to build on the spirit of cooperation and collaboration which exists in these areas as we work together to protect the gains of the Peace Process. ”Major Brexit conference takes place in Letterkenny today was last modified: May 23rd, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Brexitconferenceletterkennylast_img read more