By: Varney Dukuly
MONROVIA: Montserrado County Senator, Abraham Darius Dillon, has categorically refuted recent assertions by the Inspector General of the Liberia National Police (LNP), Col. Patrick Sudue, that he (Senator Dillon) is a security threat to President George Weah.
“The only threat I am to Patrick Sudue and others is political threat because they are partisans and I want to remove their partisans democratically,” Dillon added.
Senator Dillon said it was unfortunate for the LNP IG to view him (Senator Dillon) as threat to President Weah when, in fact, the President had a friendly interaction with him, upon his (President Weah’s) arrival at the Capitol to deliver his Sixth State of the Nation Address (SONA) before the 54th National Legislature in Monrovia.
Though he sees himself as no threat to President Weah, Senator Dillon noted that going forward; he will be vigilant and try to govern himself accordingly.
The Montserrado County Senator also raised qualms over what he calls “a creeping tendency of partisanship being displayed by State Security personnel including Officers of the Executive Protection Service (EPS) assigned with President Weah ahead of the crucial 2023 Presidential and Legislative elections.
Senator Dillon: “When you walk like a duck, act like a duck, you squat like a duck, eat and drink like a duck, there is a very high likelihood that you are a duck. When the police boss and the EPS demonstrate partisan’s tendency by being unprofessional and wearing CDC T-shirts, nobody needs to say whether they are ducks.”
Senator Dillon noted that the behaviors of State Security show that they are playing the role of partisans and that such behavior will not deter him (Dillon) from voicing out against ills under the government of President Weah.
“In my mind, and by my conduct, I am no security threat to the President of Liberia. In my mind, we will do everything possible to remove President Weah from the Executive Mansion democratically in 2023, and if any partisan security sees that as threat, the game is on,” Dillon declared.
The Montserrado County Senator’s assertions comes days after LNP IG, Col. Patrick Sudue, told the Plenary of the Liberian Senate, which is the highest decisions-making body of the Upper House of the Legislature on Thursday, February 9, 2023, that he (Senator Dillon) was still under scrutiny as security threat to President Weah.
The donning of the governing Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) paraphernalia by state security officers during the recent petitioning ceremony of the President, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium on UN Drive in Monrovia has sent shock waves in the opposition community.
Although the Liberian government has publicly apologized for the violation of the Standard Operation Procedures (SOP) on the part of some EPS officers, members of the opposition community, civil society and pro-democracy groups in the country consider said behavior as clear intimidation and demonstration of partisanship.
In 2020, during the mid-term Special Senatorial elections in Liberia, Senator Dillon, then, a senatorial candidate, and a member of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), vowed to throw stones at the convoy of President Weah (CDC Political leader) if members of the ruling CDC continue to undermine his then senatorial campaign activities.
Dillon’s assertions, which were later retracted, however, generated concerns among state law enforcement officers who characterized the then senatorial candidate’s remarks as ‘Security Threat” against President Weah.
Interestingly, on Thursday, February 9, 2023, a heated argument ensued between Senator Dillon and the LNP IG, Col. Sudue, as to whether or not Senator Dillon is still a security threat to President Weah.
The argument which lasted for minutes was brought under control by the Presiding officer, Senator Steve Zargo, who called for calm and subsequently charged the LNP IG, Col. Sudue to apologize to the Senator.
In compliance with the instruction of the Presiding Officer, Senator Steve Zargo, Inspector General Sudue, in open plenary, apologized to the Senators, particularly Senator Dillon for his outburst against the Montserrado County Senator.