11 November 2013

Liberia: President's Escort Van Busted

Photo: Liberia Government
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf .

Liberia's Deputy Police Director for Administration, Rose Stryker has disclosed here that the joint security forces have arrested the head of the presidential Police escort detail, Superintendent Perry Dolo, for allegedly transporting an estimated 297 Kilograms of substance believed to be marijuana.

The acting Police chief made the disclosure on Saturday at a news conference held at the National Police Headquarters in Monrovia. Suspect Dolo heads the presidential Police escort detail on President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf's motorcade.

Following his arrest at approximately 1:00 am on 9 November Director Stryker said Dolo and his co-conspirators along with the confiscated green leafy substance believed to be marijuana were turned over to the Drugs Enforcement Agency or DEA for further investigation.

She said Dolo was arrested by the joint security which is a combined force of the Police, immigration DEA and the National Security Agency, assisted by local community members respectively.

"Today, November 9, 2013 at approximately 1:00 A.M, the joint security Team, which includes, the Liberia National Police, Drugs Enforcement Agency, Bureau of Immigration, National Security Agency, assisted by local community members arrested Police officer Supt.

Perry Dolo, Head of the Presidential Police Escort Detail transporting what has been estimated to be 297kg of green leafy substance believed to be marijuana at the Tennie Check Point in Grand Cape Mount County," Stryker said.

She said Supt. Dolo was arrested along with Mr. Mohammed S. Bah, a Guinean National; Mr. Korma Gibanilla, a Sierra Leonean military officer and a Liberian identified as Augustine N. Saah.

While being pursued by officers of the Joint Security, Madam Stryker said the principal suspect abandoned his Police vehicle and fled the scene, adding, "He was later apprehended in a nearby abandoned building."

The Deputy Police Director however emphasized that the Government of Liberia takes the issue of transnational crime very seriously, warning that the Joint Security Team here has been closely monitoring all vehicles, including Police and other vehicles entering and exiting border points in and around the country.

"We would like to stress that no one is above the law. We will take the necessary action to bring all perpetrators of crime, particularly drug trafficking at our borders to justice," she said.

Concluding, Madam Stryker applauded the Joint Security Team and the dedicated community members at the Tennie Check Point for "job well done."

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