The men, according to investigation, were arrested early June 2012, by officers of the BIN assigned at the Freeport of Monrovia.
The detainees, (names withheld) were discovered onboard a vessel that docked in June 2012, at the Freeport of Monrovia, while en route from Cameroon to Europe.
Information gathered by the Daily Observer from the BIN charge of quarter office, the men were refused daily meals and made to walk barefoot.
When contacted, BIN’s public relations officer, Abraham Dolley, confirmed detention of the two Cameroonians, but denied that they were refused food and made to walk barefoot.
“We do not refuse the detainees food; neither do we make them walk barefoot. We feed them twice daily,” Dolley said.
When the Daily Observer reporter asked to see the detainees, Dolley refused, saying: “No, I will not allow you to see them, because you did not inform me before coming to my office.”
Dolley said: “I had already left the office, when you called me. I only came back to attend to your call. But, I am not in the position to allow you see the men. I have to inform the officers assigned at the cell before you can see any detainee. So come back another time.”
He said the two men were arrested without valid travel documents at the Freeport, after his officers discovered them onboard the vessel.
“Our men arrested them, after they discovered that the men were onboard a vessel that left from Cameroon and was traveling to Europe,” he said. “They were verified and we found out that they didn’t have disembarkation form that would allow them to make a stopover in Liberia.”
“The BIN is investigating them and after that, they would be sent back to Cameroon,” Dolley said.