Five senior officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) have called for the resignation of Police Inspector General Col. Beatrice Munah Sieh- Brown and Deputy Inspector General Col. Asatu Bah Kanneth.
The officers made the call when they stormed the premises of the Ministry of Justice in a peaceful protest on early Friday Morning. In their hands, were placards and banner with inscriptions ‘At LNP, Corruption Is Well and Alive’ Checks fraud, payroll fraud’.
Another placard displayed in front of the Justice Ministry contained statements, such as ‘Asatu Bah Kanneth must resign. Beatrice Sieh-Browne must resign’.
The Spokesman of the five LNP officers told this Paper that the peaceful demonstration was timely and necessary to draw the urgent attention of the government and the Liberian people on the alarming rate of corruption at the LNP and how they have been denied justice for eleven (11) months and subjected to undue treatment in the hands of the IG and her Deputy.
Superintendent Emmanuel P. Brown said, following a presidential call to expose corruption of individuals in government’s ministries and agencies, and following the carving of the pending anti-corruption Bill, which seeks to protect individual who will muster the courage to expose corruption in Liberia, they pleaded with their bosses to put in a mechanism that would ensure transparency and proper accountability.
Supt. Browne, who is a former staffer of the LNP Finance Section, asserted that, he and his colleagues were not pleased over how taxpayers’ money was being mismanaged by the LNP authorities, especially Col. Sieh-Browne and her Bah-Kanneth. “We wrote the IG for improvement in the Finance Section for proper accountability but to no avail”.
According to him, the LNP authorities ignored their recommendation and elected to accused them of misapplying One hundred thousand United States Dollars (US$100,000.00) allegedly generated from deceased, AWOL, and deactivated officers’ checks, and that they were also accused of syndicating information to the press on the LNP corruption spree.
For eleven months, Officer Browne said, since the Sieh-Browne administration suspended them for time indefinite, they are yet to be formally charged and send to court, where they would have the opportunity prove their guilt or innocence. “We have sufficient evidence of corruption against the LNP administration” Browne claimed.
The officers also called on the Justice Ministry to ensure that go to court or restore their rights which, they say, are being violated. They called on the Ministry to make that they go back to work since those who suspended them do not have evidence to prosecute them.
The aggrieved officers including Supts.Massa M. Bestman, Amos F. Watson, Emmanuel P. Browne, Inspectors Jacob S. Borford and Shankey D. Morris, said it was their second time using such peaceful and civilized means to seek redress on the undeserved treatment melted out against by their bosses.
Meanwhile, the Police Chief and the Ministry of Justice have been silent on media reports over the issue of alleged corruption at the LNP, but sources close to the two entities cited cronyism which gives blind eyes to the fight against corruption.
When the Police Public Affairs Office was contacted yesterday by cell phone, he promised to contact the IG and her Deputy Col.Asatu Bah-Kannneth to address the issue. But when it became clear that the Public Affairs office failed, a text message was sent to the DIG, she also refused to respond.