21 November 2012

Liberia: Police Officers Linked to LBDI Robbery

Two officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) were arrested, charged and sent to court for alleged criminal offenses which authorities at the headquarters of the LNP alleged were committed separately at different locations.

The disclosure was made by the Inspector General of the Liberia National Police, Col. Chris Massaquoi during a news conference held at the headquarters of the LNP in Monrovia recently.

Col. Massaquoi who did not mention the names of the accused police officers believed to be detained at the Monrovia Central Prison awaiting court trial, said one of the officers allegedly conspired with some alleged armed robbers and hijacked a vehicle loaded with some huge sum of money owned by the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI).

Police Director Massaquoi said the vehicle was heading to one of the branches of the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County when it was attacked by the armed robbers who made away with US$150,000.

Speaking further, the security expert said the second accused police officer had over the years used communication equipment of the LNP at its central officer in Monrovia to rained insults on peaceful civilians including officers of the LNP without regard to the laws of the LNP.

According to Col. Massaquoi, said police officer has been warned on several and separate occasions to desist but to no avail.

Meanwhile, Col. Chris Massaquoi said one of the most dangerous armed robbers identified as Amuchie Karpeh was arrested on November 15, 2012 during the morning hours of 3a.m.

He said armed robber Karpeh has terrorized several communities and was the ring leader of the October 28, 2012 armed robbery incident on Newport Street as well as the October 30, 2012 Duport Road armed robbery incident.

At the same time, police Director Massaquoi said officers of the Response Unit (ERU), are in serious and hot pursuit of another dangerous armed robber identified as Lewis Kennedy alias "Nyammy Way".

According to Col. Massaquoi, the said dangerous armed robber who has been declared wanted is among the 22 armed robbers that broke the wall of the country's most and largest prison center (Correction Palace) in Grand Gedeh County.

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