Police Inspector General Chris Massaquoi has warned the public of more rigid security measures on the part of the police in the wake of the declaration of a “State of Emergency.”Addressing a news conference in Monrovia on Monday, the police authority warned the public against staging protests and setting up road blocks in the streets.“The police will react differently in this period to deal with any persons wanting to cause problems in the streets. Protest on streets corners about bodies in the streets on Ebola-related matters must be stopped. Those caught in such practices, when arrested, will be dealt with harshly.“The President said in her address that certain rights will be suspended and we ask the public to take notice,” Director Massaquoi asserted.In recent times, the Police have received and responded to several reports of mob violence in and around Monrovia and elsewhere in the country. To date, the Police have rescued five accused persons from such incidents. In perpetrating this mob violence, roadblocks are erected, which obstruct the free flow of traffic, including ambulances taking Ebola suspects and other patients to the Hospital.In order to combat and contain the public menace, and in the face of the escalation of the Ebola causatives, the Police announced that it has developed a special operational plan codenamed “Operation Rescue 1 & 2,” whose functions are: (a) to provide protection for health workers and ambulances going to collect patients and dead bodies; (b) to protect the Ministry of Health cremation team; and (c) Containment: to erect necessary barricades (roadblocks) and checkpoints restricting movements (human and vehicular) to communities declared Ebola-infected.Commenting on allegation of poisoning wells and other water sources in the country, Director Massaquoi stated that evidences gathered by the police established that there has been no case of poisoning in the four incidents investigated by police.Making a direct reference to a particular situation in Kpor Town, Margibi County, Director Massaquoi indicated that Edwin Dagbe, aged 27, was arrested and later transferred to the RIA Police detail for safety reasons. According to the police chief, water samples tested showed that “it lacked information on the percentage of concentration of formaldehyde which would render the water either contaminated (poisoned) or not.It also showed that the water taken from this well had a pH of 6.52 at 24.4 degree centigrade, while normal water pH is reported to be between 6.5 to 8.5.”“The test further revealed that aldehyde (an element of formaldehyde) is usually found in water sources closer to swamps and sandy areas.“Also, the test results indicated that all water has its own chemical substances; these substances were, however, not mentioned.Finally, the test results also mentioned a low concentration of aldehyde, thereby rendering the water nonlethal and harmless for human consumption.”The Police Chief concluded, “We did not have sufficient evidence to support the suspicion of the community dwellers that Mr. Dagbe attempted to poison or contaminate their well.”No mention was made, however, of the Schieffelin incident or the New Georgia incident or any others around the country. Besides, the fact that Mr. Dagbe did not succeed in poisoning the well does not mean he did not attempt it.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Security guards attached to Integrated Security Service were told on Tuesday that they will receive their January and February salaries on Good Friday.The guards who were told last Friday when they went to collect their salaries that they will have to revisit the Trinity Street office in New Amsterdam on Tuesday, were not pleased when the news was broken to them.Angry guards attached to Integrated Security Services protesting for their January and February salariesWhen Guyana Times visited the office, one guard was given a telephone and appeared to be speaking to an office clerk from the head office in Georgetown.“Come and talk to us face to face, this is nonsense… So why we got to wait, that month gone, this month already done and we still got to get part money? Hello if alyu know aluy na bin able, alyu shouldn’t tek ova this place…” a female guard said and then handed the phone to the local office staff.The guards have visited the company’s New Amsterdam office on several occasions since January for their January salaries and more recently for their February salaries as well. The most recent visit was on Friday when many of the guards were forced to wait until night before they were told that they will not be paid then but needed return to the office on Tuesday for their salaries.For many of them, it is a $400 car fare with no guarantee that they will receive what they worked for.Vanessa Rose of Rose Hall queried following the announcement, “Who pays on Good Friday?”Rose noted that when they were at the office last Friday night, they were offered $5000 and told to return in four days. “He say that money should last until today Tuesday… We cannot wait till Good Friday; we want things, Easter coming up…. Good Friday is to go to church… Who gon leave and come till to New Amsterdam and then you don’t know if you will get it. It is not fair, if the company can’t handle it, let them give it over to somebody else,” she suggested. Like many of the other guards, Rose does not want a job that has no payday but refuses to walk off for fear that it might then become more difficult to receive her January and February salaries.Meanwhile, Volda Cort says it is not only the lack of a salary, but that lack of payment has compounded the situation as GPL, GTT and GWI have not expressed any sympathy with them. The furniture stores are now threatening to reposes while those who she borrowed from are no longer calling since the phone is off; they are making personal appearances, claiming that they too have commitments.Many of the workers are single parents, with school-age children. Some say they have to beg for money to get to and from work.Meanwhile, guards in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) who are employed by the same company are also being made to wait for their salaries. The situation is the same with monies allegedly being owed for the months of December and January.