The Duala general market vicinity was on Sunday, 5th February the scene of arrest of several officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) upon the directive of Deputy Police Director for Operation, Col. Abraham B. Kromah.
The deputy police boss led a team of officers in desperate search of police officers who have deserted their respective assignments across Monrovia and its environs.
Upon spotting the deputy police boss chain of vehicles, the officers concerned who were operating in Duala, took to their heels for fear of being arrested.
But unfortunately for them, they dropped in the dragnet of Col. Kromah’s men, who wasted no time in undressing their colleagues in the presence of thousands of onlookers, including marketers.
The onlookers termed the act as a disgrace to the police.
This writer, who also witnessed the showdown, said the officers were only left in their underclothes with their penises shooting in front of them, while others were lifted in the air by officers of the Police Support Unit and bundled in one of the police vehicles and taken to the National Police Headquarters on Capitol Hill.
Many individuals, who spoke to told this paper, backed the action of Col. Kromah and his men, observing that most of the police in Duala and parts of Monrovia were not officially assigned in those areas, but on a daily basis, they go to those localities to harass and extort money from commercial drivers, motorcyclists and ordinary citizens, who come in conflict with the law.
According to the bystanders, due the presence of unassigned policemen, there were always traffic congestions in the areas as though something seriously was happening.
When LNP Chief Spokesperson Sam Collins was contacted on the arrest of unassigned police officers, he said the police action was to get rid of personnel, who abandoned their individual assignments and were roaming the streets of Monrovia and its environs.
He said the police would continue the campaign until all unscrupulous LNP officers were apprehended and investigated in line with the police duty manual.
Sam could not however state how many police officers have been arrested since the operation started days ago in Monrovia.
Written by Emmanuel Mondaye -Editing by Jonathan Browne