Over 9,000 Motorcyclists Confess Bribing Police

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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Author: D K Sengbeh

Danicius Kaihenneh Sengbeh (author of Sengbeh's Weblog) is a respected and renowned Liberian journalist, poet and writer with with journalism experience since 2001, of working both as a mainstream journalist and a communication/media consultant in Liberia. He is Secretary General of the Press Union of Liberia (elected Dec 2013). He was Assistant Secretary General of the Union Dec 2011 to Dec 2013. He is also Editor-In-Chief of The Informer Newspaper—one of Liberia’s credible dailies. Before joining the Informer, Danicius had served as reporter, chief reporter, sub-editor and News Editor at The Independent Newspaper between 2002 and 2006. Before then, he was reporter at the defunct Patriot Newspaper and Kiss FM 2001-2002. Danicius is a UN Media Fellow and Liberia’s first UN Medal Award-winning journalist for his contribution to journalism and for being the second Liberian journalist in 15 years to qualify for and successfully attended the United Nations’ Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalist Fellowship Program in New York and Geneva, Switzerland in 2012. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and Sociology from the University of Liberia and a Diploma in Journalism from the International School of Journalism. He holds several awards and recognitions both in and outside of journalism, and carries dozens of certificates in journalism and communication from studies in Ghana, China, United States and Switzerland, among others. He volunteers as Chair of the Information and Communication Committee of his local Bardnersville community. He can be quickly reached via (+231) 886586531/777586531/777464018/ dakasen1978@yahoo.com

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