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Monday, June 17, 2024

POLICE TOP BRASS SNUB LACC’S EXIT ASSET DECLARATION

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MONROVIA – An initial list of exit asset declaration list seen by Smart News Liberia (SNL) shows that top brass of the Liberia National Police, including Inspector General Patrick T. Sudue, have failed to comply with the exit asset declaration process, as enshrined in Section 10.1 of Liberia’s 2014 Code of Conduct on the declaration of Assets and Personal Interest.

The institution clothed with the statutory authority to execute the country’s Asset Declaration and Verification Regime, the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), has released its first batch of Exit Declarations, with the names of three high-ranking police officials being listed among scores of exiting appointed officials who are in non-compliance.

Police top brass in non-compliance with the LACC’s Exit Declarations process are IG Patrick T. Sudue; Deputy Inspector General for Operations, Melvin Sackor; and Deputy Inspector General for Crime Services, Prince B. Mulbah.

Several Liberians have expressed dissatisfaction over the action of the top police officials, for snubbing the exit asset declaration process, with many questioning their moral authority regarding upholding the country’s laws.

As senior law enforcement officers, many believe that IG Sudue and two of his deputies listed as non-compliant with the LACC’s exit asset declaration process should have taken the lead in being among the first batch of outgoing officials to have declared their assets.

The LACC’s first batch of Exit Declarations list also contains names of several officials from various government institutions, who have either complied or those who have failed to do so.

The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission announced Wednesday that it would seek the imposition of various kinds of sanctions on appointed public officials who fail to declare assets.

The Commission encourages all public officials including exiting officials yet to declare their assets to do so immediately.

Meanwhile, the LACC has disclosed that it will continue to revise and publish updated listings of exit asset declarations at least weekly on its official website, and via the print and electronic media until the process is concluded.

Olando Testimony Zeongar
A cleric and a career journalist, with a wealth of experience in the journalism craft that spans over two decades. He’s also a poet and an editor.

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