Fuel Theft At EU Compound

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Four persons, including three private security guards held in connection with the disappearance of 55 gallons of diesel fuel worth US$569 from the Mamba Point Compound of the European Union (EU), were yesterday sent to the Monrovia Central Prison to await prosecution.
At yesterday’s hearing, the Monrovia City Court at the Temple of Justice was compelled to send the defendants back to jail where they have been since they were arrested on July 6 after their lawyers failed to secure a bond for their temporary release while they awaited trial.
Defendants George Flomo of APEX Security Service, Francis Ndebeh of the Trust Guard Service, Tom Yarkpazuo of INSECOM Security Guards, and Jerry Kpoklah, generator operator at the EU compound, were charged with theft of property, criminal conspiracy and facilitation.
The three guards were arrested after one of the defendants, Kpoklah implicated them.
According to their charge sheet, Kpoklah was caught while reportedly stealing the fuel on the night of July 1 by another security officer from the Trust Guard Service, identified as Dopolous Tamba,.
Police quoted an executive of the European Union, who was only identified as “EU delegation” in the court document who said, “We have been experiencing fuel theft for a very long time even before this one and in order to avoid any recurrence of similar incidents we have to take this action.”
The court record further quoted the EU delegation as saying that “during a meeting with the defendant on July 6, Kpoklah admitted that he was caught with the stolen fuel, but accused other people from the security services assigned at the compound of being connected to the deal,” adding, “he openly apologized for his action and said the act was an organized crime which involved a few personnel at the EU compound.”
According to police Dopolous Tamba, the guard who apprehended defendant Kpoklah claimed that at about 2 a.m. on July 1, he decided to patrol the compound including the generator room. He said when he visited the generator room during the routine patrol he observed that fuel oil was wasting all around.
Tamba contended that he raised suspicion and decided to call defendant Ndebeh and the other guard, who is now on the run. Unfortunately, he alleged, they did not say anything.
“I later extended my patrol and it was while on my routine beat around the compound that I saw 13 containers of various sizes filled with diesel fuel and I saw the generator operator, Kpoklah, standing without a shirt near the containers smelling with fuel,” Tamba further alleged.
He said when they tried to arrest defendant Kpoklah, he escaped but was later picked up by officers of the Liberian National Police (LNP).

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