Police Inspector General Col. Patrick Sudue has reportedly downsized 30 senior officers. Information coming out of the National Police Headquarters says Col. Sudue took the action last week, affecting 104 Ebron Deline, 105 Nelson Freeman, Olu Briggs, Feltgera Briggo, 108 Edwin Hoff, 110 John Kermah, 112 John Davis, and 118 Gabriel Lake, among others.
The police chief told the effected officers that the decision to have them layoff is allegedly based on instruction from President George Weah through the Minister of Justice, Cllr. Frank Musa Dean.
When Col. Sudue was contacted via mobile, his number was off. But the 30 officers have since been replaced by other senior officers the LNP boss has confidence to work with.
According to the Act that established the Liberia National Police, the President only appoints the head of police and two deputies, but not to give instruction for reshuffled.
Since the new Police IG Sudue took office, the police force has been a place of internal fights among senior officers. Few weeks ago, Col. Sudue ordered that all security cameras mounted at the LNP headquarters be taken down on suspicion that some senior officers were reportedly spying on his activities.
Since then, the headquarters of the police has been without cameras, creating serious noise among top ranking officers with arguing that the cameras were purchased with government money and it makes no sense for anyone to bring the down for personal suspicions.
The Liberia National Police prime mission is to provide effective, efficient and professional Police Service that is community based and adheres to the principle of democratic policing.
The police mission is also to prevent, detect and investigate crime; to protect life, property and other human rights, especially of the vulnerable; and to maintain public peace as well as respond to community security needs.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor-Editing by Jonathan Browne