Two Police Officers Suspended

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The administration of the Liberia National Police (LNP) has with immediate effect suspended two of its senior officers for abuse of power and others.

The two suspended senior officers are Deputy Commissioner of Police, Michael Somah of the Criminal Intelligence Department (u-108) and Assistant Commissioner of Police and Assistant Senior Inspector for Operations, Victor P. Gboyah (U-141-D).

According to the LNP, these senior officers were given a  one-month job suspension with appropriate salary deduction for negligence of duty, coupled with abuse of power and authority perpetrated against the management of Cheatiou Brothers Incorporated on Bushrod Island.

“Their acts contravened chapter 3, section 1.13 and chapter 3, section 3 of the new Police Duty Manual captioned,  Prohibited conduct, abuse of power and authority,  respectively.”

A may be recalled that, Col. Clarence C. Massaquoi, Inspector General of Police,  announced in several press conferences that his administration would not hesitate to dismiss or take any action against any police officer who is found in any act of unethical behavior.

He warned officers to desist from abusing the human rights of citizens or residents, stating that his administration would take action against any officer found violating the act.

“This is totally unacceptable and contravenes the Police Manual,” Col. Massaquoi said. “We will continue to ensure that human rights are fully protected and not abused especially by officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP).”

The LNP Boss further urged members of the public to report all forms of violence, harassment, intimidation and abuse of power as well as authority by any members of the LNP.

He promised that his administration would do everything possible to uphold the rule of law, and the norms of modern police service as well as be accountable to the needs of all persons without discriminations and protection of all human rights.

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