By Jackson C. Clay, Jr.
The Inspector General of the Liberia National Police (LNP), Col. Patrick Sudue has justified his decision to reshuffle some senior officers within the LNP.
Police IG, Patrick Sudue
It can be recalled that upon taking over as head of the LNP, Col. Sudue made some changes within the police that saw the replacement of some senior officers by some of their junior officers.
This move brought serious debates within every street corner and within the LNP itself, thus, many terming the move to be a witch-hunt against former LNP boss, Gregory Coleman ‘confidants’ within the police.
Addressing a news conference recently at the LNP headquarters in central Monrovia, Col. Sudue stated that his decision to reshuffle the police was triggered by the lack of commitment on the part of those replaced to the working of the police.
“Every administration will have to bring on board people that they need to work with. When I came in, I worked for about two months and there were people who were dragging their feet and the public was concern about the workings of the police, especially you the press and this was getting out of hand and we thought it wise to build a team that we can work with in doing the Liberian people’s work,” Col. Sudue told journalists.
The LNP boss recounted that at times he would called meeting and no one was willing to attend, because according to him, some individuals have told them not to, adding that this was not a good sign for a new administration.
Col. Sudue indicated that during the regime of former police boss, Gregory Coleman, every person within the LNP was changed from one position to another, including himself (Col. Sudue), but that was not considered as a witch hunt, only his action is a witch-hunt.
“I have to build a team. Gregory came here he built a team. When Gregory came, he changed everybody within the Liberia National police, including me, changed every spectrum of this organization but it was not witch-hunting, but Patrick changed people it is witch-hunting,” Col. Sudue stressed.
Sudue asserted that it is as the result of his reshuffle within the sector, the police is getting the needed results they are getting in recent time, citing the arrest of several criminals and arms in Monrovia and its environs.
The LNP boss disclosed that these arrests were made as a result of a stop and seizures operation carried out by the LNP in recent time so as to curtail the ramp waves of criminal activities in the country.
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of the Liberia Nation Police (LNP) has vowed to use everything within his powers to ensuring that justice is serve in the recent shooting incident in the Soul Clinic community involving a motorcyclist and a police officer.
Recently, there was a shooting incident within the Soul Clinic community, Paynesville City outside Monrovia by the commander of the tortoise base police station, Roosevelt Dehmie and a motorcyclist, Beyan Lamie.