Police in Gbarnga, Bong County have arrested and sent to court for prosecution, a 30-year-old man identified as Titus Kollie for masquerading as a police officer.
According to the commander of the Crime Services Division of the Bong County Police Detachment, Inspector Alvin James, the “fake police officer” was apprehended recently in Salala by some community members.
Inspector James informed this reporter that the mimic chartered a commercial motorcycle from Ganta in Nimba County to Salala in Bong County with the common intent that he (Titus Kollie) is going to accomplish police operation in the area.
The CSD local boss explained when the police impersonator and the motorcyclist arrived at the Salala Immigration Checkpoint, the fake police officer decided to escape but the motor biker was swift to alert other security agencies assigned at the checkpoint that a police officer hired his service from Ganta to Salala but the officer has run away from him.
“Immediately after the motorcyclist made alarm, security launched a cordon security search for the uniform dressed police officer and he was apprehended by community members in Salala” Inspector James reiterated.
He intoned that the fake police officer was charged with impersonating in accordance with the Liberian Panel Code and he has been sent to court for prosecution.
When contacted at his police cell in Gbarnga, Titus Kollie admitted to the commission of the crime and furthered that he and his accomplices (but he the only one that arrested) have been in the business for the past three years.
Kollie, who felt short to name his accomplices said they have been involved with motor bikes theft between Liberia and Guinea.
He informed this paper that they are stationed in Ganta in Nimba County but their operative is in Gbarnga, Bong County, Monrovia and Lofa County.
“All of us that are in this business do not have any knowledge on policing or have taken police training,” Kollie declared.
He narrated that they escorted the stolen motor bikes in the police uniform to Guinea for business transactions.
When questioned about how they obtain the police uniforms, Titus Kollie notify this reporter that they sometimes procure the uniforms from some of their friends who are currently serving in the police force or at time purchase the cloth and take it to handmade tailors.
“Today is my bad luck day but frankly speaking we make some good money in the business,” he disclosed.
Bong citizens who spoke to this paper recommend that the Government ban the importation of military and para-military materials in the country.
The citizens also suggested that the government discourages people who are not military or para-military personnel from wearing any military or para-military materials.
They advanced that government should also legislate this as a law banning the wearing of military materials by non military personnel in order to curb the growing wave of criminal activities in the country.
The citizens said if government institutes this measure, it will be uncomplicated to identify military and Para-military personnel.