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.