Monday, May 16, 2011

Liberia: Guns Infiltrated


Worried top security hands have alerted this paper about weapons being infiltrated into the country as mercenaries return from troubled Cote d'Ivoire, leading to a rise in armed robberies over the past weeks.

Authoritative police sources said weapons infiltration has led to the rise in armed robberies, and that in Zwedru, 3 armed robberies were reported last week and 2 this week.

"This is unusual for a place like that. There is also a rise of armed robberies in Monrovia, but we have to send extra Emergency Response Unit (ERU) men to Zwedru," the officer said.

In Gbarnga over the weekend, eyewitnesses spotted well-armed ERU holding about 8 men, believed to be retreating mercenaries, in handcuffs.

Police have confirmed that the suspects have been brought from Grand Gedeh County to Monrovia, and that one of their alleged accomplices has been arrested to locate the weapons.

The hidden weapons, police say, were infiltrated into the country via Maryland County and hidden on one of the islands near Monrovia.

Police say amongst the arrested suspects is a man called Prince Barclay, picked up on 13 May 2011.

Police said suspect Barclay informed them of the huge quantities of weapons and ammunition, hauled by mercenaries as they retreated from the Ivory Coast.

Police indicated that suspect Barclay told them that two men, identified only as Eric and Zarkpa, and said to be fishermen on the Cavalla River between Liberia and the Ivory Coast, helped to conceal the weapons.

Police said upon their search, they discovered that the weapons and ammunition had been moved to an unknown location.

"We have arrested in Toe Town 8 former fighters who have just returned from the Ivory Coast. They were bragging about how they killed people, looted properties, and came back into the country. They came with their weapons, but we have not found them since the borders are porous, a police chief, on condition of anonymity, said.

He said another batch of mercenaries were arrested in Maryland weeks ago, this time with some weapons, but that the judge released them on condition that there was no evidence they had killed anyone in the Ivory Coast.

He said when the police re-arrested them on the orders of the Ministry of Justice, the judge in Maryland Country charged the arresting police officers with contempt.

Contacted, UNMIL said they could not comment without specific incidents outside the realm of 'rumours.'

One of the alleged mercenaries that officers of the National Security Agency (NSA) arrested last month and indicted for prosecution, in a statement, said many of his colleagues in the Ivory Coast had planned bringing back their weapons into the country on grounds that"anything can happen."

Ivorian authorities, last week, said Liberian mercenaries, along with pro-Gbagbo forces, killed 120 civilians and fled across the border.

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Drawing the line in Liberia

Crimes sponsored, committed, or masterminded by handful of individuals cannot be blamed upon an entire nationality. In this case, Liberians! The need for post-war justice is a step toward lasting peace, stability and prosperity for Liberia. Liberia needs a war crimes tribunal or some credible legal forum that is capable of dealing with atrocities perpetrated against defenseless men, women and children during the country's brutal war. Without justice, peace shall remain elusive and investment in Liberia will not produce the intended results. - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Men with unhealthy characters should not champion any noble cause

They pretend to advocate the cause of the people when their deeds in the dark mirror nothing else but EVIL!!
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If Liberia must move forward ...

If Liberia must move forward in order to claim its place as a civilized nation amongst world community of nations, come 2017 elections, Liberians must critically review the events of the past with honesty and objectivity. They must make a new commitment to seek lasting solutions. The track records of those who are presenting themselves as candidates for the position of "President of the Republic of Liberia" must be well examined. Liberians must be fair to themselves because results from the 2011 elections will determine the future of Liberia’s unborn generations to come - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Liberia's greatest problem!

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The situation in Liberia is Compound Complex and cannot be fixed unless the entire system of government is reinvented.
Liberia needs a workable but uncompromising system that will make the country an asylum free from abuse, and other forms of corruption.
Any attempt to institute the system mentioned above in the absence of rule of law is meaningless, and more detrimental to Liberia as a whole - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Liberia's Natural Resources
Besides land water and few other resources, most of Liberia’s dependable natural resources are not infinite, they are finite and therefore can be depleted.
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Liberia needs a proper system
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Solving problems in the absence of war talks

As political instability continues to increase in Africa, it has become abundantly clear that military intervention as a primary remedy to peace is not a durable solution. Such intervention only increases insecurity and massive economic hardship. An existing example which could be a valuable lesson for Liberia is Great Britain, and the US war on terror for the purpose of global security. The use of arms whether in peace keeping, occupation, or invasion as a primary means of solving problem has yield only little results. Military intervention by any country as the only solution to problem solving will result into massive military spending, economic hardship, more fear, and animosity as well as increase insecurity. The alternative is learning how to solve problems in the absence of war talks. The objective of such alternative must be to provide real sustainable human security which cannot be achieved through military arm intervention, or aggression. In order to achieve results that will make the peaceful coexistence of all mankind possible, there must be a common ground for the stories of all sides to be heard. I believe there are always three sides to every story: Their side of the story, Our side of the story, and The truthBernard Gbayee Goah


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