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LNP dismisses 3 officers for armed robbery

The Administration of the Liberia National Police has announced with immediate effect the dismissal and subsequent prosecution of three police officers and a police informer, following a year of investigation by the Ministry of Justice for their alleged involvement in criminal conspiracy and armed robbery.

An investigative report findings submitted to Police Inspector General Col. Gregory Coleman for implementation names the affected officers as Emmanuel Wilson, former Chief of Organized Crime; John Kollie, former Chief of Anti Robbery; and Alexander Jabbeh, former Agent of the Anti-Robbery Unit of the Liberia National Police or LNP.

The report further named Daniel Ricks alias Monk, a Police informer.The three affected officers and the informer have been turned over tothe Crime Services Division of the LNP for processing and subsequentforwarding to court for prosecution in line with the Justice Ministryrecommendations, a police statement says.

The statement issued in Monrovia on Monday, 10 April notes that theLNP has also reinstated five officers after the Ministry of Justicepanel exonerated from the accusation of armed robbery and criminalconspiracy levied against them by the major crime Unit of the LiberiaNational Police.

Those exonerated and reinstated officers include former Acting Commissioner ofCrime Services Division Jessey Harris; Inspector Raffell Wilson;Superintendent SamGballah; Inspector Varney Samah; ACP. T. EdwinSwen, and Jonney Dean.

On December 2, 2015, former Police Director C. Clarence Massaquoimandated the LNP’s Major Crime Unit of the Crime Services Departmentto launch a full scale investigation into allegation of policeImproprieties levied against some officers of the Crime ServicesDivision.

The officers at the time were immediately suspended for timeindefinite to face investigation for their alleged involvement in thealleged commission of the crimes.

Meanwhile Police Inspector General Gregory Coleman has commended theMinistry of Justice for professionally handling the investigationinvolving the LNP senior officers.

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The Liberian Police Chief called on the affected officers to make useof the court system to exonerate themselves and restore their image,and admonished those reinstated to return with more vigor in servingthe people of Liberia.

He warned the returning officers to be focused as his administrationwill not relent in taking administrative action on any officer thatwill undermine the police code of ethics. – Press release

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