A team from INTERPOL headquarters in Lyon, France is in Liberia for a week-long case monitoring and training for anticorruption practitioners and law enforcement agencies as corruption perception weights down the country.
Two men delegation, Adewale Ogundele and Richard Evina Engolo will discuss assets recovery, understanding Interpol notices and investigation of cross-border crimes, the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission said Monday in a statement shared with the Oracle News Daily.
Alexandra Zoe, the Executive Chairperson of the Liberia Anti-corruption Commission praised the work of the International Criminal Policing organization- INTERPOL during a meeting in Monrovia.
She welcomed the INTERPOL delegation to Liberia and recounted the role of the organization in reducing crimes worldwide.
The country’s anti-graft chief said the organization work resonates with the mandate of the Liberia Anti-corruption Commission.
Cllr. Zoe told the international law enforcement officials she looks forward to deepening ties with the organization’s headquarters in Lyon to support capacity building and sharing of intelligence on crucial matters.
The meeting was also attended by Commissioners David Wilson, Oretha Davis and Samuel Dakana and the Executive director of the LACC Moses Varfee Kowo.
On Transparency International’s 2022 Corruption Perceptions Index, Liberia scored 26 on a scale from 0 (“highly corrupt”) to 100 (“very clean”).
When ranked by score, Liberia ranked 142nd among the 180 countries in the Index, where the country ranked first is perceived to have the most honest public sector.
Between 2020 and 2022 the United States Department of Treasury sanctioned five Liberian officials for various acts of corruption.
The LACC is the agency of government that is leading the fight against corruption in Liberia.
The Commission was established in 2008, through an Act of the Legislature to prevent corruption, investigate and prosecute all corruption-related cases and offenses.
In July 2022, the 2008 Law creating the Commission was amended and restated, creating a new LACC to be managed by a seven-member board of commissioners, instead of the previous five commissioners.