The Liberia Motorcycle Transport Union (LMTU) has released a report on commercial motorcyclists covering the period 2012-2013, with over 9,000 of them admitting that they have bribed police officers.
The report outlines the Alien versus Liberian ownership, arrests, releases and accident rates.
LMTU Secretary General, Robert Sammie, delivered the power point presentation at the regular press briefing held in the conference hall of the Ministry of Information, on Thursday in Monrovia.
According to the report, 15 percent of motorcyclists operating in Liberia are aliens, while the rest are Liberian citizens.  
The report further reveals that under the police arrest and release method, 22,026 motorcyclists confirmed that they had been arrested by police at one point or another.
 Of this number, according to the report, 9,244 admitted that they bribed to secure their release, while 2,902 only appealed for their release. The report says 1,168 paid appropriate fines into government revenue to get released.
The report further corroborate recent US State Department report that corruption and bribe-taking was common place in the Liberian national police. Though the police bitterly reacted to the US report, it has yet to officially respond to the local claim. But sources in the Police said both taking and receiving of bribes are criminal acts. “If you give bribe you are a criminal; if you take bribe, you are also a criminal. Let them identify the officers, and the law can take its course,” a senior officer in the Professional Standard Division of the LNP hinted this paper.
According to the report, 20 percent of commercial motorcyclists in the country are high school graduates, with 18 percent illiterate, while 22 percent are currently in school. The remaining 40 percent are high school dropouts.
The report further states that of the total number of 34,963 commercial motorcyclists in Liberia, three percent are ex-fighters in 13 counties, with Nimba being the highest, hosting 28 percent followed by Montserrado with 25 percent.
 The LMTU report indicated that four percent of commercial motorcyclists are between ages 13 to 17 years, while the remaining 96 percent are between 18 and 25 years.

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