Police Director To Probe Uniform Issue

Charles B. Yates

Liberia’s Police Director, Col. Chris Massaquoi has vowed to look into report of a bid document allegedly signed between the Liberia National Police and a Liberian contractor (Monrovia Merchandise Mart), prior to his appointment as Director of the LNP.

According to information obtained by this paper, the LNP under the administration of Marc Amblard published a bid for the purchase of uniforms and accessories for the LNP at which time, the Monrovia Merchandise Mart was fraudulently awarded the contract by the then Acting Police Director for operation Manneh Dunn.  Our investigation revealed that Director Dunn singlehandedly awarded the contract to the Monrovia Merchandise without the knowledge of Director Amblard and the Deputy Director for Administration Rose Stryker.

Based upon the illegal manner in which the contract was awarded, the Deputy Director of Police for Administration, Rose Stryker who has the oversight responsibility on such matter decided to cancel the contract. Our investigation established further that it is only the Director of Police that has the authority to sign contract agreements with a vendor and not the Deputy for Operation.

Our investigation observed further that when Director Massaquoi took over as Director of Police, the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission did a communication to him on the matter and he forwarded said communication to the Deputy Director for administration, Madam Stryker for her observation. Madam Stryker’s observation was made and forwarded to the LACC.

Director Massaquoi contacted the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) to see where the previous administration went wrong on the matter. Several flaws were allegedly discovered in the letter that was submitted to the Monrovia Merchandise.