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Immigration Officer Brutally Flogged By MCC Police …Cries For Justice; Blames Immigration Of Abandonment

A senior-ranking officer of the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS), Lt. Colonel William Saa is crying out for justice after being reportedly arrested and detained by officers of the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC).

Lt. Saa informed this platform in an exclusive interview that on November 20, 2021, he was arrested by unidentified purported officers who claimed to be from the MCC.

Narrating his ordeal, the LIS officer stated, “I saw them at my house telling my son to close my shop and have me under arrest, but when I asked them what precipitated my arrest, they told me that somebody from the community complained to them.”

“I told them that I was a senior officer of the Liberia Immigration Service and if I did anything inappropriate, they have to do it through the institution I work for but what they told me was that, that was an insult to say that I am the immigration officer giving the community problem,” he maintained.

According to him, since he was forcibly placed in a white MCC pick up and incarcerated at the MCC office where he was beaten and wounded by inmates, he complained to the depots and top security institutions but cannot see justice rendered.

“When I was released, I felt severe pain and when I went to the hospital and did an X-ray, doctors told me that my physical condition was not satisfactory and that I needed an intensive medical attention,” he said.

Mr. Saa further indicated that they arrested him based on complaint from the community but unfortunately since he was released from detention, to date, he is yet to know the nature for his arrest and the whereabouts of his accusers.

He then expressed frustration due to the behavior of Immigration authorities under Commissioner Robert Buddy’s nonchalant attitude towards him, emphasizing, “I personally wrote Commissioner Robert Buddy and explained my ordeal and how I was humiliated and almost died in the process, but to date, Commissioner Buddy has paid deaf ears to my plight.”

In tears, Col. Saa exerted how disgusting it was when he heard from LIS authorities that they could not be involved, on grounds that he was not arrested while performing LIS work.

The LIS senior officer noted further that contrary to the LIS management’s action,  the action against him is in flagrant  violation of  LIS ACT 2015 SEC.22.132 under assault on Immigration officer.

LIS Act 2015 states, “Any person who threatens attack or uses force on LIS officer who causes that LIS officer to have a reasonable apprehension or imminent harmful or offensive contact commits a felony in the second degree under the Penal Code of Liberia.”

Meanwhile, when contacted, MCC’s Director, City Police Col. Thomas Garwo could neither confirm nor deny the allegation but consistently promised to return our reporter’s calls until press time.

Contacting LIS authorities through its Public Relations Director, Abraham Dorely; the Director and Commissioner Robert Buddy could not be reached despite all efforts exerted within 48 hours.


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