Police Director Col. Chris Massaquoi, says there has been no prime suspect in the death of the former managing director of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company, Mr. Harry Greaves, while awaiting pathologist for an autopsy report.
He says the RLJ Kenedja Resort along the Robertsfield highway outside Monrovia where Mr. Greaves had reportedly gone prior to the discovery of his body on Sunday, 31 January on shores behind the old budget bureau on Capitol Hill, could not be shut down because Mr. Greaves’ body was not found at the resort and so it cannot be a crime scene.
The Government of Liberia has described the deaths of the managing director of the Guaranty Trust Bank (Liberia) Limited Mr. Dan Orogun on Sunday, 24 January and subsequently Mr. Harry Greaves on Sunday, 31 January as suspicious.
Addressing a news conference here Monday, February 1, at the Ministry of Information on Capitol Hill, Justice Minister Cllr. Benedict Sannoh, assured the public both deaths will be thoroughly investigated and if it is established that any one was responsible directly or indirectly, the Government will promptly charge, arrest, and prosecute any such person or persons without fear or favor.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has ordered that a pathologist be brought from Britain or the United States of America to probe the death of Mr. Greaves.
Already, a Nigerian pathologist Professor John Obatunwa, hired by the Government of Liberia, has conducted an autopsy on the remains of the late managing director of Guaranty Trust bank (Liberia) Limited, Dan Orogun, who reportedly fell off a boat while on a ride with his wife, two children, and Liberian businessman George Kailondo, on Sunday, January 24, 2016. Findings of the autopsy have not been made public.
Meanwhile, Director Massaquoi has warned that several senior officers of the police recently linked to armed robbery have not been found guilty of any criminal offense.
Addressing a news conference Tuesday at the Ministry of Information in Monrovia Col. Massaquoi said due to the seriousness of the allegations, he has forwarded the accused officers to the Ministry of Justice for further investigation.
He said following the allegations, the police ordered an investigation headed by Col. Al Karlay and preliminary findings were released, but the issue needs an in-depth probe.
Col. Massaquoi said the officers accused are from the Police Crime Services Department or CSD, and as high ranking officers, the report was forwarded to the Justice Ministry on January 29, 2016 for review by the Solicitor General of Liberia and further probe to determine whether the allegations and findings of the report are cognizable before court.
“I do not have any authority to send those high ranking officers to any unit in the Police for investigation; in fact, they are presidential appointees”, the police chief explains.
He said drastic actions would be taken against any police officer caught in armed robbery or any kind of violation against the rule of law, adding, “It is just the beginning.”
Col Massaquoi stressed there will be no exception in dealing drastically with any officer found guilty of violating the police code of ethics, duty manual, or Standard Operating Procedure (SOD) notwithstanding their status in the Liberia National Police.
He urged the public to help the Police in fighting crimes in the society by exposing criminal activities in their respective communities, including Police misconduct.
By Ethel A. Tweh-Edited by Jonathan Browne