Officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) have arrested and are investigating an Assistant Minister at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), for allegedly publicly assaulting a female traffic police officer.
Sources at the LNP headquarters told the Daily Observer that Assistant Min. Jeremiah Krah is now behind bars, pending arrangements for court trial.
Assistant Min. Krah, according to the police, assaulted the traffic officer when she requested the documents of the vehicle he was operating, “at which time he refused on grounds that he was rushing for a meeting.”
The officer who than requested that the vehicle be transferred to the Metro Deport was forcibly removed from the vehicle, in the tussle, “her official police uniform and accessories were torn off her in the public.”
The incident which occurred at the interjection of Board and Buchanan streets Tuesday, September 23, drew several onlookers as the Minister was heard shouting that “noting will come out of his action,” according to the police.
Meanwhile, the police said, Asst. Min. Krah has told police investigators that he regrets his action and pleaded for mercy, stressing that he was misled by the devil to flog the officer.
They said he has also agreed to take responsibility of the damages incurred by the officer during the incident.
Assistant Police Commissioner for Operations Gregory Coleman said the matter will be sent to court for proper adjudication, stressing that no Liberian is above the law regardless of position in the society.