The Chairman of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), Cllr. James Verdier has warned that the commission would not give up investigating acts of corruption at the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN).
“They are a government institution and we will be looking at what they are doing, especially about any suspicion of corruption, we will immediately go there to investigate it. We are going to look at your financial system and accountability,” Cllr. Verdier warned.
He gave the forewarning last Friday when he addressed a two –day retreat in Bensonville city, organized by the BIN.
Interestingly, the LACC Chairman did not clearly say whether corruption was on the increase at the bureau. Instead, he told the gathering that the BIN was a government institution that is responsible for several basic security activities in the country.
“The BIN is a government institution that is under our microscope and we are encouraging them to examine themselves basically because of the kinds of work they do. We are going to look at their financial processes and examine their work,” Cllr. Verdier maintained.
“I warn you to look at your assessment capacity; your behavior determines that you have a professional duty. Look at your integrity, look at your financial policy and your system of accountability, look at your professional behavior because we are going to watch you seriously, I am coming to you very soon,” he warned.
He also concluded by warning the BIN authority, “Make sure that you are complying with all of the Public Procurement and Concession and Commission (PPCC) procedures.”
Before his warning, Cllr. Verdier told the gathering that “I know many of you people were wondering what the LACC boss was doing at the retreat. I believe some of you may have said he has come here to investigate us,” explaining, “I am here to see the BIN progression and growth and to know the challenges and how we can solve them, because I worked with the Justice and Security Sector that was responsible for your sector, BIN.”
Surprisingly after Cllr. Verdier’s warning, the BIN Commissioner, Col. Lemuel Reeves publicly confessed: “I must admit that Verdier is my good friend, but I have been praying not to appear before him in a negative manner and I know that I will not do that either.”