Authorities of the Liberia National Police (LNP) have announced the immediate dismissal of three police officers and a police action agent (informant) for their alleged involvement in criminal conspiracy and armed robbery. The decision followed a year of investigation by the Ministry of Justice.
Investigation findings submitted to LNP Inspector General Gregory Coleman for implementation named the officers as Emmanuel Wilson, former chief of anti-organized crime; John Kollie, former chief of anti-robbery; Alexander Jabbeh, former agent of the anti-robbery unit; and Daniel Ricks, alias MONK, a police informant, otherwise referred to as action agent.
The officers and the informant have been turned over to the Crime Services Division to be processed and subsequently forwarded to court for prosecution in keeping with Justice Ministry recommendations.
In a related development, the LNP has reinstated five other officers after the Ministry of Justice panel exonerated them of armed robbery and criminal conspiracy allegations leveled against them by the Major Crime Unit of the LNP.
The exonerated and reinstated officers are: former acting commissioner of the Crime Services Division, Jessey Harris; Inspector Raffell Wilson; Superintendent Sam Gballah; Inspector Varney Samah; T. Edwin Swen; and Jonney Dean.
It can be recalled that on December 2, 2015 former Police Director Chris Massaquoi mediated the Major Crimes Unit of the Crime Services Department to launch a full-scale investigation into allegations of police improprieties leveled against some officers of the Crime Services Division.
The officers at the time were immediately suspended for time indefinite to face investigations for their alleged involvement in the alleged commission of the crimes.
Meanwhile, Police Inspector General Gregory Coleman has commended the Ministry of Justice for professionally handling the investigation involving the senior LNP officers.
He called on the affected officers to make use of the court system to exonerate themselves and restore their images, admonishing the reinstated officers to return with more vigor in serving the people of Liberia.
He also warned the returning officers to be focused, as his administration will not relent in taking administrative action against any officer that will undermine the police code of ethics.