Abraham Kromah, the controversial former Deputy Director for Operations (code ‘102’) of the Liberia National Police (LNP), has been given back his old position nearly a year after President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf relieved him of the post. The President reappointed Kromah over the weekend, replacing Prince B. Mulbah, who was appointed to act in the position.
The President also promoted Gregory Coleman, Assistant Director for Operations (code ‘105’), to Director of Police, replacing Col. Chris Massaquoi.
Coleman, 36, is a 2016 graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University United States of America. The two men are taking up their posts at the LNP on the heels of UNMIL handing over the country’s security to LNP and other security agencies and barely 13 months to the holding of the 2017 presidential and legislative elections.
Abe Kromah was one of the four top LNP officers dismissed by President Sirleaf nearly two years ago for reasons unstated, although there were speculations of human rights violations.
Others dismissed with Kromah were Samuel Nimley, who was Assistant Director for Intelligence; Phil G. Tougbaye, Assistant Director for Administration; and Joseph B. Flomo, Assistant Police Director for Crimes Services Department. Mr. Flomo was later transferred to
Intelligence as Acting Assistant Director, while the fates of Nimley and Tougbaye remained undecided.
Following the dismissal of the officers, President Sirleaf mandated the then Minister of Justice, Benedict Sannoh, to constitute a “Change Management Committee” at the LNP with the view to formalizing the procedure for promotion and making changes to its management structure.
Upon the recommendation of Minister Sannoh, the Chief of Professional Standard Division, Prince B. Mulbah, was designated to replace Kromah.
President Sirleaf made the new appointments Friday afternoon via live broadcast of a special statement from her Foreign Ministry office in Monrovia.
Her pronouncement finally brought to an end the much publicized rumors of an imminent reshuffle at the LNP.
“The appointment of Coleman and Kromah could have come at no better time as the nation is poised to go through, what is anticipated to be a tension-packed electoral process next year. With their appointments, Coleman and Kromah have been given a colossal task of ensuring civil tranquility during the electoral period,” two retired police officers told the Daily Observer, cautioning the public to watch out for otherwise.
With this new team at the helm of the LNP, it appears that the President has finally formulated what may be her final team with an eye at ensuring a peaceful transition from power.
Prior to Coleman’s appointment, he served under former Police Directors Munah Sieh, Marc Amblard and the outgoing Chris Massaquoi, since President Sirleaf came to power in 2006.
Gregory Coleman recently returned home after he took a year of study leave to pursue graduate studies at the prestigious John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, United States of America. He was a member of the Mid – Career Masters in Public
Administration Program (MC/MPA). He was also an Edward S. Mason Fellow for the class of 2016.
The new appointments at the LNP are consistent with the New Police Act recently enacted by the National Legislature, which calls for regular changes of the top police job.
The President said she has explicit confidence in both Coleman and Kromah.
Meanwhile, President Sirleaf lauded the outgoing Police Director Chris Massaquoi for his service to Liberia over the years. She described him as a “loyal and dedicated public servant,” whose expertise and contributions will still be required anytime necessary.
The President then challenged the incoming appointees to always demonstrate professionalism, loyalty to country and dedication to duty as they perform their responsibilities at the LNP.
Coleman holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) degree in Management and a minor in Public Administration from Cuttington University. He holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Public Administration from the Ghana Institute of Public Administration (GIMPA) with several professional papers in policing.
Shortly after being relieved of his post Massaquoi thanked President Sirleaf for affording him the opportunity to serve the country in many capacities. He pledged his continuing loyalty and support to the Sirleaf administration.
In a related development, authorities of the LNP have with immediate effect dismissed two of its officers, and suspended seven others for time indefinite.
The affected officers were reportedly involved in various acts that run contrary to the police code of conduct, which include desertion of post and constant harassment and extortion of money from members of the public.
The dismissed officers are Patrolman William D. Z. Zubah and Patrolman Theophilus Karsaw, both assigned with the LNP Traffic Section.
Others suspended for “time in indefinite” are Patrolman Joseph D. Paye, Patrolman Sam G. Tougbay, Patrolman Elijay Veselee and a civilian staff, Richard J. Taylor, who has been purporting to be a police officer.
Three other officers, James O. Kollie, Andy B. Blamo and Mohammed A. Sawrey are facing a month suspension with salary deductions.
In a statement issued over the weekend in Monrovia, Police Spokesman Sam K. Collins said the dismissed officers’ conducts are considered prohibited by the police administration and undermines the integrity of the LNP.
Collins said the actions of the officers violate Chapter (iii) Section 1.21 of the New Police Duty Manual “Captioned Prohibited Conduct.”
“The men have been requested to turn over all government properties within their possession and avoid identifying with the police while they serve their respective dismissals and suspensions,” Collins said.