The Ganta Police Detail has confirmed the arrest at Ganta Immigration Checkpoint of two residents of Gbarnga, Bong County, with a large consignment of single barrel gunshots.
Police identified the men as Smith G. Wuonaaneh and Sackor Swen, both Liberians. They were picked up over the weekend at the border checkpoint with Guinea. The two men were on board a vehicle, which had crossed over from Guinea, when they were apprehended by Liberian border guards.
Police said that at least 1000 bullets were seized from both men. It is not yet clear what the suspects intended to do with the gunshots, our Nimba County correspondent said.
But locals who were present at the time of the arrest said that they believe the gunshots were intended for hunting purposes.
Single-barrel guns were used for animal hunting before the 14-year Liberian Civil War, which ended in 2003. But the use of these guns has since been banned and prohibited throughout the country.
The two men allegedly brought the gunshots from neighboring Guinea, which has closed its borders with Liberia as a result of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).But ever since the closure of the border, there still exists secret cross-border activities in Ganta.
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officials at the Ganta Immigration Check Point last month seized at least 14 cartons of single-barrel rounds, loaded onto a vehicle headed for Monrovia.
William Fayah of the DEA told the Daily Observer that the gunshots were seized from a young Guinean–Liberian, Makoni Dorleh, who had entered Liberia at the Gbloryee Port #1 (a sub–port around Ganta’s main port of entry).
Dorleh’s case was reportedly transferred to the headquarters of the Liberia National Police (LNP) in Monrovia. But up to present nothing has been heard of the case in Nimba, our correspondent says.
The two men connected to the arrest are said to have been transferred to Sanniquellie for further investigation by police. Sanniquellie is the headquarters of the Nimba County local government.