Two Immigration Officers Sentenced To Five and Three Years Imprisonment For Armed Robbery

By Eldred Thomas

BIN Boss, Colonel Lemuel Reeves
BIN Boss, Colonel Lemuel Reeves

After months of investigation, two officers of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization have been sentenced to five and three years imprison after they were found guilty of robberies in the Grand Kru County.

BIN Officers Jackson Gaye and Benedict Farr were sentenced to prison for five years and to three years.

The two officers were arrested, disrobed and dragged to court for allegedly gashing a businessman, identified as Augustine Paye, after robbing him of LD$280,000.

The two officers were arrested following an order from BIN commander in the county after they were caught with the victim’s bag containing the huge sum of money.

It can be that businessman Paye complained that while he was travelling to the CVI Gold Camp in Grand Gedeh County on Thursday April 14, 2015, he was arrested by the BIN officers who ordered him to give his bag containing the money, but he refused to do so.

He said due to his refusal in give into the BIN officers demand, the two officers took a cutlass and gashed him on his back, took the bag of money and fled the scene.

A local journalist in the county quoting as saying family members of the BIN officers wept after the judegment was rendered at the 12th judicial circuit court during the last term, while the victim Augustine Paye jubilated reposing trust and confidence in the system.

Paye added although he lose huge sum of money that affected his business, but he was pleased that the court can bring to justice people regardless of their status in society.

Businessman Paye wants the ruling to serve as a warning other officers of the Bureau of Immigration as well as police and other security apparatus to displayed a high degree of professionalism in the discharge of the respective duties.

The officers have been transfer to Maryland County at the Harper prison facility where they will serve their respective jail sentences.

Speaking to the GNN  Liberia in  Monrovia, the head of the BIN, Col. Lemuel Reeves confirmed the dismissal of the two BIN officers and their sentenced , and called on others BIN officers around the country to behave themselves and act professionally.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.