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Family clarifies death of EPS Agent Johnson 

By: Emmanuel wise Jipoh 

Family source of falling Executive Protection Service (EPS) Agent, Eric Johnson, has clarified that the late Agent Johnson died of protracted illness, contrary to rumors in the media that he may have been killed in the compound of President George Manneh Weah.

Social media, rights activist, and government critics, Martin K.N. Kollie, claimed on Sunday, December 4, 2022 that Agent Eric Johnson, who was assigned in the yard of President Weah, was found dead at the President ‘s residence, and that State security on the premises were stopping the family from seeing his body, something, that has since gone viral in the media.

But a brother of the deceased, Abraham Samuel, has told reporters in Monrovia that the late Agent Johnson was pronounced dead on Sunday morning, December 4, 2022, upon arrival at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Monrovia.

Mr. Samuel narrated that his brother, Eric Johnson, fell off late Saturday, December3, 2022, in Congo Town, and was firstly rushed to SOS Hospital in Congo Town, before being transferred to the John F. Kennedy Medical Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

He also clarified that at no time did the Government of Liberia, through the EPS, deny the family of taking delivery of the body, revealing that the body of Agent Johnson is currently deposited at a funeral home, awaiting funeral arrangements in conjunction with the EPS.

Mr. Samuel called on the public to desist from spreading misinformation about the late Eric Johnson’s death, stressing that the family is mourning the passing of their brother.

In a related development, the Executive Protection Service (EPS) has dismissed reports that some EPS agents escaped, while on a chain of international travels with President George Weah.

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It has been widely speculated on social media that several EPS agents assigned with President Weah abroad abandoned the President to go in search of greener pastures.

However, EPS Spokesman, Philip Moore, told a news conference in Monrovia on Monday, December 5, that none of its agents has abandoned their assignment with the President abroad.

“The revelation is backed by thorough verification by authorities of the EPS into the information that has been filtering in since last week”, Mr. Moore said.

He assured that the President’s security is still intact, and warned those spreading such misinformation to desist, stressing that while it is needless to publicly discuss the President’s security, the EPS is constrained to respond based on the lingering misinformation. Editing by Jonathan Browne

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