Police Officers At Border Threaten To Leave…Due To Lack Of Logistics

By Lincoln Barcon (Cub Reporter)

Officers of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) of the Liberia National Police assigned at the Liberia-Ivory Coast border have threatened to abandon their post due to lack of logistics and allowances for the period of nine months.

According to our correspondent based at the border in Grand Gedeh County who spoke to officers at the border, they said since last year June the Government of Liberia (GOL) has not provided them with logistics and allowances promised them.

The situation at the borders has also been described by some officers as worsening and that several villages including one of the most popular towns called Feteh in Ivory Coast has allegedly been burnt down thereby causing residents to flee the neighboring communities.

Our correspondent said the lack of logistics and other benefits to the police patrol team officers at the border have resulted to them begging or crediting from people with the hope that their allowances will be received one day.

“We are giving government two weeks ultimatum to come to our aid; if not we will leave our duty post to make our living somewhere else,” our correspondent quoted some of the ERU officers.

When contacted, Police spokesman Sam Collins confirmed that the LNP is indebted to the police officers relative to the payment of their allowances and not salaries.

He noted that government is doing everything possible to settle the officers’ allowances and the issue of logistics because they are working in an area that these things are indeed needed.