Mr. Emmanuel Davies, prosecutors’ sixth witness in the ongoing economic sabotage case, involving former National Port Authority (NPA) Managing Director Matilda Parker and her Comptroller Christiana Kpabar Paelay, told Criminal Court ‘C’ that security related activities including training was performed by several entities at the Buchanan Port in Grand Bassa County.
Mr. Davies, who is the Buchanan Port Facility Security (PFS) commander named some of the institutions as Liberia Maritime Authority (LMA), the International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) and the NPA technical department, alleging “besides, I did not know any company by the name of Denmar Enterprise to provide us with security training and port assessment.”
Contrary to Davies’ statement that only the LMA, ISPS and NPA provided security consultancy to his port, the prosecutors’ witness answered to a question posed by the defense that “several other assessment and training were conducted, but I don’t know if they were performed by Denmar Enterprise.”
That answer came when the defense team read a document believed to be similar to a statement Davies made when he was interrogated on the security consultancy contract, at the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission (LACC).
Prosecution claimed that from July 2011, up to December 2012, the defendants made payment which covered the provision of security consultancy at the ports of Monrovia, Buchanan and Greenville, in Sinoe County in the amount of US$300,000 to Denmar Enterprise, which payment they alleged was made and the work was never performed.
They further alleged that an additional amount of US$37,950 was also paid to Denmar Enterprise.
Besides, they alleged that the defendants used their respective posts to make fraudulent payments from the accounts of the NPA for wreck removal from the Greenville Port in the amount of US$500,000, which they also failed to perform, according to the state lawyers.
The case continues.