The Inquirer (Monrovia)

13 December 2012

Liberia: BIN Arrests Three Officers

The Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization has arrested three officers and one person impersonating as a police officer under the pretext of inspecting alien documents were caught in the process of harassing and extorting money from a businessman at the A I Business Store, at Waterside.

The officers involved in the criminal act in Monrovia are: Capt. James Sibiley from the Traffic Section; Capt. Randolph Thompson, intelligence Capt. Benedict Sandy (AWOL) and Jose Sibiley impersonating as a police officer.

It can be recalled that the Bureau of Immigration through the office of the commissioner Cllr.Abla G.Williams set up special operation to monitor the conduct of BIN officers during the holiday festival.

According to some critics, the communication addressed to Deputy Commissioner for operation ordered the Special Task Force Division (STFU) to directly monitor the conducts of unauthorized inspection of BIN officers.

Speaking to Journalists yesterday, the Deputy Commissioner for Operation, Robert Buddy said it is very disheartening, unprofessional, and unethical to note that some officers cannot stay at their assignment areas but rather roam the streets to harass businessmen.

He stated further that some BIN officers refused to take assignments in leeward counties, while others are there taking their assignments diligently rather than staying in the city and execute dubious acts that do not represent the image of a reputable institution. He said, "If any officer is caught for misconduct, he or she will be prosecuted."

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