Meet The Ombudsmen

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As the public debate over the controversial Code of Conduct law heats up, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf fulfilled her Executive Order #83 late yesterday, which established the Office of the Ombudsman, by appointing the 3 Ombudsmen.  The President appointed former police director Christian C. Massaquoi as chairman, and Attorneys Edward Dillon and Massa Jallabah as members.

Cllr. Massaquoi has spent the last 11 years in the security sector.  In 2006, when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf first took office he served as head of the Special Security Service (now EPS – Executive Protection Service).  Later he was appointed head of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (now Liberia Immigration Service) and finally as Director of the Liberia National Police (LNP), where he served until he was relieved of duty by the

President.  He recently joined the Liberia Bar Association as Counsellor-At-Law.

In September last year, President Sirleaf relieved Massaquoi during a major police reshuffle, replacing hi with recent Harvard graduate, Gregory Coleman, as the new LNP Inspector General.

Attorney Edward E. Dillion is a 2016 graduate of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia.  In 2011 he earned a Paralegal Certificate from Widener University Law School Legal Education Institute, Wilmington, Delaware; a Master of Social Work (MSW) in 2005 from Widener University, Chester, Pennsylvania; and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Law, 1997, from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.  Since January 2012, Atty. Dillon has served at the Ministry of Justice as Special Assistant to the Attorney General/Minister of Justice.

Atty. Massa Jallabah completed her high school studies at Trenton Central High School, New Jersey, USA in 2000, and later matriculated to the College of New Jersey, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology in 2005.  Records show that she later returned to Liberia and participated in the Miss Liberia pageant, representing Lofa County.

Pageant records reveal that she was born on September 11, 1982, which makes her 34 years old, more than five years shy of the required age (40), according to the law, to be appointed to the office of the Ombudsman. Atty. Jallabah could not be reached for comment up to the time of the writing of this story.

Massaquoi and Dillon are both well above the age requirement for the posts.

Office of the Ombudsman

According to the Code of Conduct law, the Office of the Ombudsman is empowered to investigate on its own initiative or on any person or cause such investigation to be carried out into violation of conduct. As such, the President, with the consent of the Senate shall appoint three persons to the office of the Ombudsman one of whom shall be appointed as chairperson. The office shall also comprise of such other staff as the Ombudsman may deem necessary and proper for the function of the office, and subject annual appropriation in the national budget.

Those appointees shall be Liberian citizens of high moral character; of age not less than 40 years and must have a graduate of a professional degree.

President Sirleaf also made separate appointments at the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs and the Forestry Development Authority (FDA).

Those appointed are Dr. Clarence Moniba – Minister of State without Portfolio, replacing Ms. Angela Cassell-Bush, who moves on to the Robert Flight Regional Flight Information Service as the deputy director-general for Administrative Affairs.   The President has appointed Darlington Tuagben as managing director, FDA.

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  • David S. Menjor is a Liberian journalist whose work, mainly in the print media has given so much meaning to the world of balanced and credible mass communication. David is married and interestingly he is also knowledgeable in the area of education since he has received some primary teacher training from the Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI). David, after leaving Radio Five, a broadcast media outlet, in 2016, he took on the challenge to venture into the print media affairs with the Dailly Observer Newspaper. Since then he has created his own enviable space. He is a student at the University of Liberia.

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David S. Menjor is a Liberian journalist whose work, mainly in the print media has given so much meaning to the world of balanced and credible mass communication. David is married and interestingly he is also knowledgeable in the area of education since he has received some primary teacher training from the Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI). David, after leaving Radio Five, a broadcast media outlet, in 2016, he took on the challenge to venture into the print media affairs with the Dailly Observer Newspaper. Since then he has created his own enviable space. He is a student at the University of Liberia.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Madam President, thanks for your appointment of 3 Liberians to the office of Ombudsman. Information about one of the appointees is not clear to the Liberian public. Ms Jallabah graduated from the College of New Jersey in 2005 where she received a BA degree in criminal justice and returned home to participate in MS Liberia beauty Pageant. What Frontpageafrica did not spell out is when did Ms Jallabah receive her law degree and from what school? Though it might not be a requirement for the job but the Liberian public might be interested in her law back ground. If she was born in 1982, she is not qualify for the job base on the age requirement. She has to be 40 years old, according to the law of Liberia.

    “According to the Code of Conduct law, the Office of the Ombudsman is empowered to investigate on its own initiative or on any person or cause such investigation to be carried out into violation of conduct” How can you appoint someone who do not have the necessary requisite to investigate the code of conduct?

  2. Besides Cllr Chris Massaquoi, what experience does Atty Jaleiba and Edward Dillion bring to the table. Dillion is not yet an attorney, Where has he been in his professional life? From what I have read, he’s been a special assistant in the Justice Department since 2012 after earning all of those degrees. Atty Jaleiba on the other hand does not meet the age requirement as stated. On what basis do you believe these folks can handle the huge responsibilities ahead of them. There are more competent and experience people in Liberia that can ably handle this task. Madam President, please dont rush with these appointments, take some time and scrutinize a lots of credentials before coming up with names. Dillion and Jaleiba do not have the necessary experience to carry out such a task.

  3. Creibility is also a challenge, when it comes to the appointment of Atty. Dillon, an executive member of the Liberty Party, whose political standing has already been drown, especially in the selection of LP vice presidential running mate. He recently defended the selection of Kanwea as being legally correct, a situation that needs the attention of President Sirleaf.

    Accordingly, Liberia has many qualified personalities whose records are devoid of politics and questionable characters, rather than professional work, eg. Cllr. Negbalee Warner and or Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe.

    • The Dillon in question is not Mr. Darius Dillon, EC member of the Opposition Liberty but Attorney-at-Law Edward Dillon, Special Assistant to the Attorney General of the Republic of Liberia.
      Please take note of the differences in personalities.

  4. First, where is the third name in the caption? And so the Ms. Liberia pageant now giving law degree? Wonders will never cease.

  5. Even the head of the Ombudsman, how credible is he. What good record did he leave at LNP or BIN? Madam President always like to dilute her activities with friendship and family connection.

  6. We all, supported this code of conduct unfortunately, appointment, made by her excellence, can’t be consider as good governance practices hence the head of any body, must be coherent for people towards this legacy. To a point law, is birth of nations but not tantamount, as it is same, that obudman, should maintain, maximum age 40. Therefore ignore this, moreover, us revoked this code of conduct.

  7. To all us Liberian, i think when it’s come to appointments; it’s the full responsibility of the president which can be achieved by the president and his/her special board advisory, such as Special office advisers, Legal counselors to the president, and Secret security services that can check and investigate character and all necessary qualifications of the appointee.
    Henceforth; we as citizens have to sometime accept some decision that are carryout by the president as it’s her responsibility because she is not working all alone, even right now the three (3) she have already appoint to the Office of the Ombudsman that we are complaining off are all Liberians, trust me, if she will have to revise her appointment three (3) difference times we Liberian will stay complaints of her decision.
    Conclusively; we all supported the idea of the Executive order 84 of the President, all we need right now is to embrace those three (3) persons she have appointed for the fulfillment of their responsibility and the task at head of them.

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