A Team of Eight law enforcement officers comprising of officers from the Liberia National Police and the Liberia Immigration Service returned to the country from the United States of America after a three week of intensive counter Terrorism training in the US. They were on Thursday, February 14, 2019, presented to the Inspector General of Police, Hon. Patrick T. Sudue at the headquarters of the Liberia National Police on behalf of the government and people of the United States of America through Madam Basola Ojikutu, Director of the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (NIL) at the US Embassy near Monrovia.
During the ceremony, madam Ojikutu thanked the officers for ably representing their institutions and the country at large. She also recommended the inclusion of courses on Terrorism and Counter Terrorism into the curriculum of the Liberia National Police Training Academy so as to have a broader impact in terms of fighting global terrorism.
Giving the overview of the training, DIGP HON. Robert W. Budy named countries such as Libya; Egypt, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq as terrorist prone countries of the world. The illustrious and articulate Deputy Inspector General of Police for Uniform Operations highlighted categories of individuals that are highly exposed to terroristic radicalization, including the underprivileged(Zokos), prostitutes, drug users and the unemployed youthful population. HON. Budy pointed to the porosity of our borders as an indicator to our vulnerability as an ally to the United States.
Members of the group included: DIGP Robert W. Budy– team leader, Johnny Duaryenneh, LNP, Francis A. Williams, LNP/ERU, Mansue T. Sipply, LNP/PSU,Thomas M. Seward,LNP/ERU, other include, Facia Massaquoi LIS, Tanneh H. Tugbeh, LIS, Ishmeal G. Kpeah, LIS and Grace C.M. Suomie LIS.
Receiving the group on behalf of the GOL, IG Sudue applauded the US government for giving Liberia the opportunity to properly understand the intricacies of global terrorism and its effects on our country. HN. Sudue expressed his administration’s willingness to include the courses into the curriculum of the National Police Training Academy and promised to form the first ever counter terrorism unit in Liberia, comprising of at least 100 strong and well trained officers. The Inspector General of the Liberia National Police reassured the US government through the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) of Liberia’s collaborative commitment to the fight against global terrorism.