- Seen On Post Under Influence Of Alcohol During Working Hours
Up-to-date, several millions in foreign currencies, complemented by taxpayers' monies in Liberia, have been used to help train and professionalize the country's security sector and personnel serving it, including uniformed and intelligence officers.
And the record so far says, Liberia as a post-conflict success story, enjoys the services of trained and professional security personnel.
But recent performances of soldiers, police, immigration and drugs enforcement agents tend to challenge of the records of so-professed trained and professional men and women in security service.
Two days ago, this paper reported that the deputy imam in Karnplay, Nimba County, Ansu Kromah, was admittedly severely brutalized by officers of the Bureau of Immigration & Naturalization at the Kialay checkpoint on grounds that he refused to cooperate with inquiries about his nationality.
The imam is currently on treatment but said to be experiencing severe pains and slight body-deformities.
The situation, which challenges the integrity of personnel serving Liberia's security sector, happened on July 17, 2012 on the orders of Immigration Commander and Deputy Commander Anthony Loleh and Thomas Saye assigned at the checkpoint.
Only identified as Captain Gray, the DEA officer nearly strapped himself naked. Under the influence of alcohol, the DEA Deputy Commander was seen urinating on himself in the public.
The embarrassing attitude of Capt. Gray draw the attention of the public, many of whom insinuated that he could have been mad.
Some passersby insinuated that apart from alcohol, Capt. Gray could have been under the influence of other harmful or controlled substances; suggesting that the DEA drug fighters could themselves be drug users and abusers.
Unfortunately, his intoxication and misconduct coincided with President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s visit to county for the dedication of the Straz Jr. Sinje Vocational Institute.
Meanwhile, citizens and residents of Sinje town have described the DEA officer's misconduct as a gross violation to his ethic and disrespect to the President who was in the town as a guest but needed security at most.
They claim his attitude was a disappointment to the profession and therefore recommend his immediate dismissal from the service.
Witnesses at the same time testified that Capt. Gray has always been seeing in drinking places during working hours.