The joint security team on the COVID-19 fight in Liberia has arrested two persons for impersonating as officers of the Armed Forces of Liberia.
Both Eugene Sherman and Tony Koffa were arrested by officers of the Armed forces of Liberia and the Liberia National police on Monday and Tuesday of April 13 and April 14, 2020 respectively.
Dressed in an AFL uniform trousers, Eugene Sherman, a former AFL officer who was dishonorable disrobed according to Assistant Defense Minister for Press and Public Affairs Sam Collins was arrested around the Bushrod Island, Bong Mines bridge community harassing peaceful citizens in the name of enforcing the lock down measures while Tony Koffa also dressed in an AFL uniform trousers was also arrested in the Garnesville community for carrying out similar unlawful act.
The two individuals have been turned over to the Liberia National Police for proper investigation.
In an interview with Mr. Collins, he assured the public that the AFL will help enforce the lock down measures to the core but not by brutalizing people.
He warned people from impersonating to be security personnel, terming such as unacceptable.
At the same time Police spokesman Moses Carter has disclosed that they have a total of seven persons who have been arrested and are currently in police custody for impersonating as national security officers as members of the joint security team.
“We will deal with them in line with the law” Mr. Carter noted.
He promised that the fundamental rights of all in the wake of the crisis will be respected by members of the joint security team.
The Police spokesman stressed the need for all Liberians to abide by all lawful instructions of the health protocols in the supreme interest of the Country.
Mr. Carter reiterated calls for motorcyclist’s task force and community watch team members in various communities to leave the streets because they are not as per the mandate part of the joint security team.
According to him support to security team members are very important as some of them (Security) personnel have protective gears while others do not, this he pointed out needs to be taken into consideration by officials of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia.
He said they are committed to their task and are working tirelessly despite some challenges in executing their duties.