For the First time in the history of the Liberia National Police (LNP), at least four officers of the LNP are expected to serve on the United Nations Peace Keeping Mission in Southern Sudan.
The four officers include Chief Superintendent Togba Massaquoi, Chief Superintendent Anthony Blaye, Superintendent Richael B. Harris, and Sargeant Abdullah Dukuly. These officers are expected to depart on January 14, 2021.
This the first major post-war achievement in the realm of the Liberia National Police under Inspector General Patrick Sudue, and it serves as a testimony that may help to dwindling of poor reputation of human rights abuse the LNP has been accused of over the years.
Addressing journalists at a press conference on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at the headquarters of the LNP in Monrovia, Police Inspector General, Col. Patrick Sudue, disclosed that he had a meeting with the Deputy Police Adviser and Officer-In-Charge of the UNPOL, Shaowen Yang where modalities of including the Liberia National Police on Peace Keeping Mission was highlighted with a commitment to include Liberia on UN Peacekeeping mission.
According to the police IG, in the quest to have officers of the Liberia National Police served on peacekeeping missions, he was invited to New York in December 2018 by then Liberia’s Ambassador to the United Nations and now Foreign Minister, D. Maxwell Kemayah.
Col. Sudue recalled that in May 2019 upon his return from New York, his administration established the LNP’s Peace Keeping Desk headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Kalemo D. Karyo, a trained and professional police trainer.
The police IG also noted that with the setting up of the local Peace Keeping desk, one hundred officers were vetted and trained by the LNP’s Peace Keeping Desk with oversight from the United Nations Department of Peace Keeping Operations through the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
He indicated that out of the 100 officers trained to serve on UN Missions, thirty-four officers comprising thirty-one (31) males and three (3) females were certified by the UN Peace Keeping Department after successfully completing the United Nations Required Test conducted by Successful Selection Assistance & Assessment Team.
“My administration is currently engaged with the United Nations Peace Keeping Department through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ensuring that the remaining thirty (30) certified officers take assignments,” IG Sudue assured.
Announcing the total number of officers who successfully passed the UN’s SAAT requirement, IG Sudue said: “We are pleased to inform the media that four of our officers comprising three males and one female have been selected to participate in the United Nations Peace Keeping Mission in Southern Sudan (UNMISS).
According to him, the mission is expected to last for a year, after which a new batch of officers may be dispatched to Southern Sudan based on the prevailing security situation.
IG Sudue continued: “It might interest you to note that this is the first time that the Liberia National Police is participating in a United Nations Peace Keeping Mission.”
“The selection to participate in this mission in Southern Sudan signals the trust and confidence that the United Nations has in the integrity and performance of the Liberia National Police especially under my administration,” Sudue boasted.
“I am very pleased to also inform you that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has granted us the opportunity to commit 140 uniformed Police Officers to participate in ECOWAS Standby Force. ”
He said Liberians can be assured of more efforts under my administration, which are underway in professionalizing and building the capacities of officers of the Liberia National Police in performing its statutory duties and responsibilities of protecting life and property.
“We are very grateful to the government of Liberia through the President, His Excellency Dr. George Manneh Weah, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through its permanent Mission in New York, the United States of America, and the Ministry of Justice for all the cooperation and assistance that have led us to reach thus far with this landmark achievement, first of its kind in the history of Liberia,” IG Sudue concluded.