Following months of investigation into alleged procurement of uniforms and accessories by the Liberian National Police(LNP) for the use of emergency Response Unit(ERU), and Phase II of the missing civil servants salary checks at the Ministry of Finance, the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission(LACC) has recommended to the Justice Ministry that several former and current officials of the two institution be formally charged and prosecuted for acts of corruption. The commission also recommended that two staff of the Ministry of Finance and the proprietor of the Ultimate Investment & Holding Company be formally charged and prosecuted for acts of corruption.
The recommendations of the LACC were contained in two separate letters addressed to Justice Minister, Cllr. Christiana Tah on Wednesday, July 14, 2010.
LNP/ERU Uniform Procurement: In the investigation involving the alleged procurement of uniforms and accessories valued at $US199,800.00 by the LNP for use by the ERU, findings revealed that the Ultimate Investment & Holding Company owned by one Prince O.A. Akinremi which was said to have won the bid to procure the uniforms has no record of Import Permit Declaration(IDP) from the Commerce Ministry for the items nor a pre-shipment record from the Bureau Veritas Group of Company(BIVAC). The investigation further revealed numerous irregularities surrounding the alleged procurement of uniforms, which in fact were never delivered as shown by the findings.
Accordingly, the LACC has recommended that the former Inspector General of Police, Beatrice Munah Sieh-Brown, Prince O.A. Akinremi, Proprietor of the Ultimate Investment & Holdings Company, and Harris Manneh Dunn, Former Deputy Commissioner for Administration, LNP, be formally charged and Prosecuted under Chapter 10 Inchoate Offenses, Section 10.4 Criminal Conspiracy and Chapter 15 Subchapter F of the New Penal Law of Liberia captioned Economic Sabotage, Section 15.80 Fraud on the Internal revenue of Liberia.
The commission has also recommended that Madam Kaymah N. Zeon and Mr. Nebo Garlo, Physical Auditors of the Ministry of Finance be charged and prosecuted for the Crime of Economic Sabotage under Section 15 Subchapter F, Section 15.80(d) of the New Penal Law for making and signing fraudulent entries in the book of records of the Ministry of Finance thru their physical audit reports which misrepresented the facts about the delivery of the ERU uniforms and accessories by the proprietor of the Ultimate Investment & Holding Company, Mr. Prince Akinremi.
Missing Civil Servants Salary and Checks for the months of July-August 2008: The second phase of the LACC investigation into missing salary checks for Civil Servants for the months July-August 2008 and their subsequent fraudulent encashments by various banking institutions, including the Central Bank of Liberia(CBL), without the coded release agreed upon between the Ministry of Finance and CBL established the identities of the current and former officials of the Ministry of Finance, who played roles in the movement of the checks in question. The LACC has therefore recommended that Mr. James Boker, former Comptroller and Jenkins Yonly, Former Director of Electronics Data Processing Section of the Ministry of Finance be formally charged and prosecuted under Chapter 15 Subchapter 15 F of the New Penal Law of Liberia captioned Economic Sabotage, Section 15.80 Fraud on the internal revenue of Liberia.