Thomas Nimely, Commissioner for Intelligence and widely known as (PI), of the Liberian National Police (LNP), has been linked to the murder of an unknown civilian on the Old Road in Monrovia.
According to eyewitnesses, PI, who goes by the Police code, 106, allegedly gunned down the unknown man believed to be in his early 30s at around 1 a.m. Wednesday.
It all started when the unknown man was allegedly seen creeping around PI’s car that was parked close to the roadside, an eyewitness told the Daily Observer. “When a private security guard told PI that an unknown person was hanging around his car, he (PI) immediately started chasing him. The man ran towards the American School where he was later allegedly gunned down. PI is reported to have first fired three warning shots before shooting at the man. After PI realized the man was dead, PI allegedly removed the body from the scene to an undisclosed location. “You can see the victim’s blood right in front of the Nigerian shop,” eyewitnesses told this paper.
Another eyewitness, Michael Pajibo, a resident of the community, confirmed the shooting and added: “We woke up and met the fresh blood in the community and were anxious to know whose blood it was, why the person was shot, and where the person was located.”
Pajibo explained: “We immediately placed a blockade on the road and called the authorities. During that period, riot police officers arrived on the scene to calm the situation. It was at that time that we were informed that PI was the one who did the shooting. We demanded the victim’s body and PI said the victim was being processed by the police. He admitted to the shooting but said, ‘This guy met his own last night. He was shot by police, taken to JFK and was discharged and is now being processed through the justice system’.
“We demanded the name of the victim but could not get it. According to my colleague who witnessed the incident, PI called the Ebola burial team and the body was sprayed and placed in a body bag and taken away,”Pajibo recounted.
Asked what he knew about the allegation, PI told the Daily Observer, “I’m going to work right now so no comment.”
Police spokesperson Sam Collins confirmed the shooting, but maintained that it was an armed robbery situation and the victim was undergoing treatment at a local clinic.
Collins’ statement contradicts PI’s statement to community dwellers that “the man is being processed at the police station.”
Meanwhile, Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has condemned the incident and wants PI to be disrobed and prosecuted.
According to CDC vice chairman for operations Mulbah Morlu, “PI is a criminal that has no place in a responsible civil society like Liberia,” adding, “President Johnson Sirleaf must take action now to avoid more deaths at the hands of hardcore criminals within the leadership of the police.”
He noted that PI, a deportee who fought in former President Charles Taylor’s elite Anti-terrorist Unit (ATU), was not reintegrated into the Liberian society after the disarmament period, leaving him to operate just as he did in the past.
This brings to two in one year, the persons that have been the target of PI’s bullets. Early this year, another victim identified as Gabriel, a suspected armed robber, was shot on Capitol Bypass by PI. Police defended their action by saying that the criminal was on the run.
It can be recalled that six police officers were recently suspended for time indefinite in connection to the brutal murder of another civilian at the ELWA Junction.