Thursday, October 25, 2007

Police flog Gbarpolu Development Supt.

By J. Nathaniel Daygbor

Police in Gbarpolu County, reportedly flogged the Development Superintendent of the county, Moses Monlonporlor.
Explaining his nightmare to The Analyst recently in Borpolu, the political seat of the county, Superintendent Monlonporlor said on Thursday night, October 18, while spending the evening with some friends at an entertainment center known as “Dark Forest”, five Police officers including the County Commander, Col. D. Emmanuel Kollie, asked for drinks, which he offered.
But he later said, the officers requested for more drinks, something according to him, he could not afford financially. Continuing, Supt Monlonporlor said one of the officers, who walked to him and made the request, told his commander that the Superintendent assaulted him.
Mr. Monlonporlor said without making any inquiry, Col. Kollie ordered his men to arrest him and impound his official vehicle. I asked them what is my charge; none of them could answer, but continue to enforce the order of Col. Kollie while he looked on".
"Before I could realize what was happening, my shirt, cellphone, gold watch and other things were taken away while my entire body including my head was bleeding”, said the Development Superintendent.
He pointed out that some residents who were at the drinking spot went to his rescue, but the police continued their operation. “Later, the citizens managed to chase them out, but my car key left with them including those things that were taken earlier”, said Mr. Monlonporlor.
According to him, residents of Borpolu attempted to burning the Police station in the county in protest of the humiliation he suffered at the hands of the police, but the Pakistani Contingent and Gbarpolu Superintendent Gertrude Larmin intervened and brought the situation under control.
Mr. Monlonporlor is currently seeking medication at the Chief Jallah Lone Medical Center in Borpolu. But when contacted, the police commander in the county, Col. Kollie, alleged that the victim assaulted his officers publicly.
“Something, which I considered as disgracing the police in the public”, said Col. Kollie. Commander Kollie confirmed that he did order Mr. Monlonporlor’s arrest, but he [Monlonporlor] refused to honor the police. However, the police chief did not say which charge was levied against the Development Superintendent.
The Police commander did not deny nor confirm the beating of Mr. Monlonporlor, but maintained that he refused to honor the arrest order. Meanwhile, Mr. Monlonporlor has threatened to take the matter to court when he recovers from what appears to be police brutality.

source: Analyst news paper

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