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Arms Discovery Shocks Weah …Calls It “Major Cause For Concern”

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MONROVIA: President George Manneh Weah has told the 54th National Legislature on Capitol Hill in Monrovia on 30th January, 2023, that “We were all recently in shock when we awakened to news of the discovery of a large cache of arms in a container at the Freeport of Monrovia.”

Delivering his Annual Message to the Sixth Session of the 54th National Legislature on January 30, 2023, at the Capitol Building in Monrovia, President Weah, however, applauded “the vigilance of all national security agencies for their collaborative efforts in effecting this bust.”

According to President Weah, “coming on the heels of the October elections, this development is a major cause for concern.”

Weah: “I have been made aware that the National Police Force continues to pursue every possible lead in their investigation of this illegal act, including diplomatic measures to have the alleged perpetrators face justice.”

He stressed that as this year, (2023), “marks two decades since the signing of the Accra Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2003, which ushered in the peaceful environment we continue to enjoy, it is my hope that we can work together – putting aside our political differences – in ensuring that we can all peacefully abide together in our ‘Sweet Land of Liberty’ without the chaos of recent years.”

“In so doing, it is both important and imperative, that we summon our collective will to vigorously confront potential troublemakers and anarchists, by applying the full force of the law that is provided for such circumstances. We owe it to ourselves, to our children, and to our children’s children, to repel and eliminate any threat to our hard-won peace,” President Weah emphasized.

The LNP IG, Col. Patrick Sudue recently told the Liberian nation that the country’s joint security forces discovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition, concealed in a container at the Freeport of Monrovia.

According to the LNP IG, joint security and intelligence forces identified the alleged ringleader of the smuggling operation as Boye Benjamin Baker, a Liberian who lives in Texas, United States of America.

The LNP Chief further told the nation at a recent news conference held in Monrovia that a woman, identified as Barbara Debah, a resident of the Old Road community, and another woman, only named as Melvina were suspected to be Baker’s accomplices.

Col. Sudue further narrated that Barbara Debah was the designated recipient of the consignment while Melvina was the clearing officer.

The Liberian Police Chief, at the time, identified some of the smuggled arms and ammunition as M16s, AK47s, among others.

He added that about 450 machine guns were seized at the Freeport of Monrovia, including other areas of Montserrado County.

The weapons, Col. Sudue further revealed, had the ability to destroy the entire country due to “their advanced sophistication.”

“Boye Benjamin Baker is the one who is sending these military weapons to Liberia. He lives in Texas, USA, and works for an American airline,” the LNP IG disclosed.

“We had an Intel on this container. We went to the Freeport to open up this container. In the first three boxes that were opened, we discovered some heavy weapons. We are talking about military weapons,” the Police Boss further told the recent news conference.

“So as we speak, the container is sealed up. We are going to further inspect the entire container,” Sudue startling revealed.

In less than a day following the Freeport arms discovery, the LNP Chief pointed out that another joint security operation was carried out at the alleged ringleader’s home in the township of Brewerville during the early morning hours where an additional consignment of smuggled arms was discovered.

According to the Police IG, the second seizure was a result of a search and seizure warrant in connection with a classified leak from an unidentified man, claiming to be a Liberian boyfriend of the alleged consignee.

“Boye has a home in Brewerville, so we requested a seizure warrant to search his home and that is how we discovered another consignment of arms in the ceilings of the building. An occupant of the house, one Ezekiel Tamba, was caught in the ceiling of the house hiding and we arrested him,” the LNP IG revealed.

“We were doing everything humanly possible to arrest those culprits involved. Our intelligence also led us to one Barbara who lives on Old Road. She is in contact with the guy who sent these materials on board,” Sudue noted.

“We managed to apprehend her and we also apprehended one Melvina, who is the local representative for this particular company and, from our investigation, we gathered substantial information from all of them,” he added.

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