MONROVIA: The Standard-bearer of the opposition Liberian People’s Party (LPP), Cllr. Tiawan Saye Gongloe, has congratulated the Chief of Staff, Gen. Prince C. Johnson, and the gallant Men and Women of the Armed for Forces of Liberia (AFL), for their swift arrest of several boxes suspected of containing contrabands recently at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) in Margibi County.
Gongloe, who is then immediate past President of the Liberia, National Bar Association, an umbrella group of Liberian lawyers, told reporters yesterday that the move by the AFL is commendable because drugs impose serious threats to peace and national security.
Cllr. Gongloe noted that drugs are dangerous and that many Liberian youths are sadly falling prey to drugs addiction.
He called on President George Weah and the Government of Liberia to institute credible and transparent investigation aimed at clearing the image of central government.
The drugs were arrested by ALF soldiers who are assigned at the RIA, while the boxes containing the drugs were being directly taking from the airport tarmac reportedly RIA Chief of Security, using an unauthorized gate at the airport.
Addressing a News Conference at the LPP Headquarters in Congo Town on Thursday, September 14, 2023, Cllr. Gongloe also expressed his preparedness to associate with the Liberian government for a “free of charge “legal service, if the government is willing and ready to conduct a thorough and comprehensive investigation into the latest RIA drugs saga.
Currently, Samuel Freeman, the Security Manager at Roberts International Airport, is undergoing investigation for his alleged involvement in an attempt to transport several boxes suspected of containing contraband directly from the tarmac, using an unauthorized gate at the airport.
Recently, the joint security intercepted US$100 million worth of cocaine concealed in a frozen food container.
The seizure by the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA), and the Liberia National Police was made possible through a tip-off by the American Embassy in Monrovia.
Four suspects, two of whom were arrested on the scene were tried, but the court found them not guilty of illegal possession and importation of illicit drugs.