The hierarchy of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) said it is investigating a man identified as Franklin Matthew, who was recently arrested and charged for reportedly impersonating an AFL personnel.
Matthew was allegedly found in possession of an AFL identification card (ID card) and other ID cards belonging to state security agencies including the Liberian National Police (LNP) and the National Security Agency (NSA).
According to a release the Ministry of National Defense issued in Monrovia, the “fake soldier” was arrested through the collaborative effort of the ministry’s Department of Defense Intelligence (DDI) and the LNP on Wednesday, November 22 at the Zone 8 Police Station in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.
Matthew, the release said, was arrested when he was at the Zone 8 Police Station introducing himself as personnel of the AFL in search of his alleged missing mobile phone.
At this point, the release said, “LNP officers on duty referred him to DDI operatives detailed at the station to authenticate his identity as an AFL personnel.”
While in the process, the DDI operatives established that Matthew was not a member of the AFL even though he was found in possession of a “self-made AFL ID,” but was impersonating being an officer. During the preliminary investigation, Matthew revealed that the AFL ID in his possession was illegally produced at the “World Trade Center” on Gurley Street in Monrovia.
While Matthew remains under investigation, the ministry has meanwhile strongly warned individuals impersonating and attempting to do so, to desist as it has placed its operatives on the alert to apprehend and decisively deal with anyone caught in such an act in accordance with the rule of law.
“Further investigation into the crux of this grave security issue continues,” the release said.