7 January 2013

Liberia: Police Officers Booked in Armed Robbery

At least two police officers have been charged with armed robbery in connection with the attack of an LBDI's vehicle carrying about US$150,000 on August 29, 2012. The vehicle was attacked on the Buchanan Highway.

Several unknown gun men opened fire on a vehicle belonging to the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment and made away with 150,000.00

Six persons were earlier arrested and forwarded to the Buchanan Magisterial Court for prosecution.

Addressing a news conference last Friday Police Director Chris Massaquoi disclosed that the investigators have gathered from other suspects that two of his officers facilitated the escaped of the suspects from the crime scene.

Director Massaquoi said the two suspected police armed robbers used the LNP anti-robbery vehicle to penetrate all the police checkpoints which were erected to ensure that the gunmen were arrested.

Officers Amos Sommie who served as the Deputy Chief of the Organized Crime Unit and Corporal Collins Savaneo assigned at the anti robbery section are currently in detention awaiting their transferred to Buchanan for prosecution.

Additional two suspects connected to the LBDI armed robbery incident have also been arrested. They include Junior Roberts and James Sackie. They were arrested on New Year's Eve in Ganta, Nimba County with two single barrel guns.

The total of ten suspects has so far been arrested by the police but Director Massaquoi said nothing has been retrieved.

Massaquoi: "In the Police or law enforcement, You have organization within organization, or what you may refer to as mafia within mafia and you have the good apple and the bad apple but you can rest assure, that we will do everything possible if we have officers who will connive with criminals, we will not rest until we bring them to justice".

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