In about a month in office as Sierra Leone’s Inspector General of Police, Richard Moigbeh has been seen as a ‘rotten police head; worse than his predecessor Francis Allieu Munu.’

Yesterday, IG Moigbeh was sadly referenced in a saga exposing administrative mishap of the current Minister of Transport and Aviation Balongun Logus Koroma, one which has seen the said Minister engaged in a disgraceful public exchange with the Director General of Sierra Leone Roads Safety Authority (SLRSA) Madam Sarah Bendu, on issues of annual leave.

Sarah Bendu claimed Minister Logus Koroma had used the police to throw her out of office on grounds depicting annual leave as was allegedly manipulated by the SLRSA’s board chairman and the minister too.

The IG’s illogical used of his police to compellingly remove Sarah Bendu from office and to have her forcefully proceed on alleged accumulated annual leave has been viewed by many as a complete tyranny on his and Minister Logus’ part.

Reference, no doubt, has also been drawn to recent arrest of a popular political figure, Hon. Musa Tarawally, by the police.

Musa’s arrest, they say, came days after his declaration to run for President in the coming general elections.

Musa was unfortunately kept in smelly police cells for two nights at the criminal investigation department (CID), an action viewed by many “as a complete political witch-hunt by the powers that be, but with the police as a front.”

It is also true that, few weeks ago, shortly after Musa returned to Sierra Leone from The Gambia, having gone through immigration and security checks at the Lungi International Airport, on his way to board the Sea Coach sea taxi, he was regrettably surrounded by team of uniformed and CID police officers who escorted him to the Lungi police station on a red herring excuse that he was suspected of carrying things inimical to the state.

And although nothing was found of interest in his possession, it took IG Moigbeh days to order his CID officers release him (Musa) from police detention even though the allegation against him was believed to have been concocted by the police to suit their political masters.

Again, Moigbeh, while serving as Deputy IG of Police, had ordered the arrest of a Sierra Leonean at the Lungi International Airport for merely expressing his rights to free speech onboard an aircraft to Sierra Leone.

Suppositions so far expressed by the public are that with Moigbeh as new police boss, it is obvious the institution will soon retrogress in accelerating reverse gear.

It is still not known whether the wrong and uncalled for conducts of the new police boss will see some few good heads in the police advise him refrain from doing things going against nationalism though.

Unlike his former boss, Moigbeh, in merely two in weeks in office, has created fear in the minds of many including opposition politicians, making them now see him as the worse of a police boss in the history of Sierra Leone.

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  • January 2, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Policing is a very difficult job even in advanced societies that have many checks and balances in place.

    The writer accusing the newly appointed Inspector General of Police as Mr Moigbeh as “Another Rotten IG’ seems to be harsh and unfair on the new IG based on just two incidents that the writer has highlighted to make him make such a conclusion.

    I worked with Richard and I know that since the departure of Keith Biddle from the SLP, Richard might be the best thing that has happened to the SLP and Policing in Sierra Leone. He is smart and resilient, hardworking, considerate and above all God fearing.

    The incidents that the writer has cited occurred in both the B Division (SLRSA is situated in the B Division) and in the Lungi Division. The LUC in these Divisions do not have to inform their AIGs nor talk of the IGP for carrying out their basic police duties to include effecting an Eviction Order. If the SLRSA former boss was sent on Leave or suspension and she decided to loiter in the office to create a scene, it is the role of the Police to peacefully ask her to leave, and if she refused to use the appropriate force to get her out. I am told that this was what transpired in her case. If she has any issue requiring redress, she can take it up with the Human Resource Center of the Government. But for peace to prevail the police has to do their work. The Law is no respecter of Position or gender. Accusing the AG who does not need to be informed by the AIG of petty police work like that is unfair and bias.

    The same goes for the incident involving Musa Tarawallie. It is not a secret that Musa Tarawalie was sacked from office because of some Financial Improprieties and abuse of authority as Minister of Lands sometime last year. At the time of his sacking, the Government Press release stated that an investigation has been mounted against him. He was not arrested or detained on the understanding that he does not leave the Jurisdiction without the approval of the Investigating and prosecuting authorities until the conclusion of the investigation against him. If Musa Tarawalie decides to renegade on that provision and the Police were notified by the Law Officers’ Department under the Attorney General to arrest him on his return, what has that got to do with the IG integrity? Are you insinuating that the IG should have instructed his subordinates to defy such orders just because a corrupt man wants to play politics with a case against him?

    Please, it is nice to criticize but constructive criticism and avoiding sensational headings and wordings against a hard working citizen in positions of trust is not the best way to welcome a person in his new position.

    I am sure that even in paradise there will be police officers and their work will not always be praised by everybody especially those who fall on the wrong sides of the law.

  • January 9, 2018 at 3:42 pm



    The speech opens with these lines….

    This is a time of shame and sorrow. It is not a day for politics. I have saved this one opportunity to speak briefly to you about this mindless menace of violence, gross corruption and gross incompetency in Africa which again stains our land and every one of our lives.

    It is not the concern of any one tribe. The victims of the violence are black and white, rich and poor, young and old, famous and unknown. They are, most important of all, human beings whom other human beings loved and needed. No one – no matter where he lives or what he does – can be certain who will suffer from some senseless act of stealing,bloodshed and corruption. And yet it goes on and on up to this last minutes in ernest koroma’s government.

    Why? What has violence/corruption/incompetent whole sale, ever accomplished? What has it ever created? No martyr’s/thief cause has ever been stilled by his assassin’s bullet.

    No wrongs have ever been righted by riots and civil disorders. A sniper is only a coward, not a hero; and an uncontrolled, uncontrollable mob is only the voice of madness, not the voice of the people, the whole sales of the country’s resources to themselves and in cohort with Lebanese for personal wealth……While the little
    sierra Leonean children suffer from hunger, lack of medicines, lack of schools and just lack of everything.

    ”For there is another kind of violence, slower but just as deadly, destructive as the shot or the bomb in the night. This is the violence of institutions; indifference and inaction and slow decay. This is the violence that afflicts the poor, that poisons relations between men because their skin has different colors. This is a slow destruction of a child by hunger, and schools without books and homes without heat in the winter”.

    ”This is the breaking of a man’s spirit by denying him the chance to stand as a father and as a man among other men. And this too afflicts us all. I have not come here to propose a set of specific remedies nor is there a single set. For a broad and adequate outline we know what must be done”.

    When you teach a man to hate and fear his brother, when you teach that he is a lesser man because of his color or his beliefs or the policies he pursues or of his education, when you teach that those who differ from you threaten your freedom or your job or your family, then you also learn to confront others ”not as fellow citizens but as enemies” – to be met not with cooperation but with conquest, to be subjugated and mastered.

    Sierra Leone today encompass all of these evils that Bob Kennedy spoke of. AWAKE CHILDREN OF SALONE!.

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