The media advocacy group, MediaAid Foundation has issued a statement in Monrovia, pressing for the prosecution of the dismissed Deputy Police Chief Col. Abraham Kromah.
MediaAid Foundation said all the excesses committed by the Mr. Kromah during his tenure in office must be thoroughly investigated and further appropriate penalties applied to serve as a deterrent against bad public service.
In a release yesterday, MediaAid Foundation’s Executive Director Titus Tokpah, warned that continuous impunity in public service is not in the best interest of Liberia.
Mr. Tokpah said it was a rebirth of police brutality in the country when the former deputy police director for operations repeatedly assaulted motorcyclists and other peaceful citizens under the guise of maintaining ‘law and order’.
He described as ‘arbitrary arrogance’ the manner that Col. Abraham Kromah conducted himself while exercising his power as a peace officer.
Though long over-due, MediaAid said it welcomed Col. Kromah’s removal and urged President Sirleaf to ensure relevant charges and prosecution of the dismissed Deputy Police Chief.
MediaAid recalled that while in office, there were numerous complaints against Kromah, ranging from alleged brutality against motorcyclists to intimidating, harassing and assaulting ordinary citizens.
The Foundation warned that given the repeated police reforms supported by the international community, it was unwanted to keep witnessing a new form of police viciousness in Liberia under the watch of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, an internationally acclaimed leader.
MediaAid Foundation is a Liberian media development group that engages in journalism training (Peter Quaqua Journalism Training Program-PQJTP), advocacy, research, consultancy and public relations.