18 January 2013

Liberia: Bribe Giver and Taker to be Prosecuted -Says Police Director Massaquoi

The Inspector General of Police Chris Massaquoi has warned Liberians to desist from giving bribe to police officers in return for service, threatening both the giver and the taker of bribe of arrest and prosecution.

The LNP Inspector General said secret intelligence-gathering cameras have been deployed to take pictures which will be used to build cases against perpetrators of bribery.

Director Massaquoi said the support of the public was highly significant in the process of fighting unethical behavior in police, calling on commercial drivers to report any acts of corruption on the part of any police officer in the country.

The  Liberian Police Chief was also quick to reject speculations in the public that corruption was being sanctioned in the LNP, stressing that such unprofessional act is not condoned in the police force.

Speaking further Director Massaquoi disagreed with members of the public who think that his Deputy for Administration was in support  of corruption in the LNP.

"Let us make it very clear  that the Deputy  Director Stryker in her statement was not in any way,  and form  supporting corruption and will not support corruption whether in the LNP or anywhere else, there is every reason  to believe that  she was only pointing out some of the challenges that the  LNP is  faced with and the effect these may sometimes have on  individual, she was only referring to the general perception in some quarters of the public that the police are corrupt" the Inspector General noted.

The IG maintained that the Deputy Director was in no way specifically alluding to corruption in the LNP as it was being perceived by the general public. At the same time the Liberia National Police said it will only lift the curfew placed on the movement of motorcyclist when the LNP is satisfied that the all day- all night free movement of motorcyclists no longer pose threats to the public safety.

In a related development the Liberia National Police says it is fully prepared to assume its statutory duty following the transition of UNMIL from Liberia.

The head of Police in Liberia Chris Massaquoi said with government and the backing of the UN mission in Liberia to augment the current strength of LNP it was confident over taking those areas that the mission was gradually departing from and called on the people of Liberia to give all of the necessary support to the LNP as they will have to work with the force in the absence of UNMIL.

He stressed that with the proper mechanism put into place the Liberia National Police can assure the public that it will work alongside other security apparatus to save guard the boarders of Liberia.

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