The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has dismissed its security supervisor assigned at the Freeport of Monrovia for an act of collusion, thereby undermining the collection of lawful revenue for the Liberian people.
Mr. Melvin Tolbert was fired after investigation proved that he collaborated with a container importer and a customs broker, Amandou Diallo, to allow a broken-seal container leave the Freeport Monrovia without inspection and customs assessment.
The container which Mr. Tolbert allowed to leave the port without inspection belongs to Jeneba Bussiness Center and was marked MSKU-188935-1, with a BIVAC seal broken and rejoined.
On June 9, 2017, the LRA received information from a whistleblower that LRA Security staff and other Customs Officers assigned at the Freeport Customs Business Office (CBO) had received bribe to allow broken-seal containers to exit the port without inspection.
While in search of the said container on a rainy Saturday morning, the LRA dismissed security supervisor (who was part of the search team) did not provide adequate information to his professional colleagues about the location of the broken seal container, said a release from the LRA.
LRA Commissioner General Elfrieda Tamba, upon reviewing the PED report, instructed the immediate termination of Tolbert’s employment, as his act grossly violate the professional ethics code of the LRA, while at the same time undermining legitimate revenue collection efforts.
Meanwhile, broker Amadu will be forwarded to the Ministry of Justice for appropriate prosecution, the release said.