A local daily, the Nation Times reported today that two officials of the Executive Protective Service (EPS) are selling presidential vehicles purchased for over US$70,000.00 to each of them, a situation that has raised concerned amongst officers of the organization.
The paper quoting sources arte the EPS, named the two officials of the EPS as Frank O. Nyenkan, Director of the EPS and Advisor on National Security, Dr. H. Boama Fahnbulleh who the paper said are the brains behind the selling of these vehicles at cheaper rate.
The paper also displayed several documents a said obtained from its sources; given details of some of the vehicles that were bought at the rate of US$100.00.
The paper further disclosed that two Nissan Patrol Jeeps with Model 2008 and one 2009 Nissan Civilian Costal Bus 32 seated were reportedly purchased by the EPS boss for US$100.00 each.
The paper also reported that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has started repurchasing those vehicles that were ‘Banjo’ or sold cheap in 2011 by the then authorities of the EPS.
The also said in the month of April, 2011, authorities of the organization ordered the Chief of Motor Pool to turn some vehicles and declared them write-off.
The EPS Chief of Motor Pool, Mr. Joseph Ossilli was also compelled to rate the 23 vehicles not road worthy and banjo them to former EPS Director, Othello Warrick, Director Nyenkan and some high ranking officials of the unit.
The paper said the action on the part of the officials violate the National Fleet Policy No. 100 page five covering vehicle standards, procurement, utilization and disposal approved by the Liberian leader on September 10, 2010.
The paper also quoting inside sources, said two out of the 23 vehicles that were up for ‘banjo’ in 2011 at the rate of US$100.00 each were in 2014 sold to the EPS by the National Security Advisor, Dr. H. Boama Fahnbulleh for about US$25,000.00.
Effort by our staff to ascertain the facts from those reportedly being link in this scandal proved unsuccessful as some of them could not pick up their calls which rang endlessly.
Our investigation will continue as to the real story behind this report being featured by the Nation Times newspaper.