LD$8.4M ‘Missing Heroine’ Surfaces in Court

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    Two police officers and an Immigration officer have been accused of helping two Nigerian drug traffickers smuggled heroin worth LD$8.4 million (US$105,000) into the country.

    They appeared on Friday, December 13, before the Monrovia City Court.

    Boy Sakpah and Bockarie Roberts of the Crime Service Department of the Liberia National Police (LNP), along with David Forkpa of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization, (BIN) were arrested on December 9, at the Roberts International Airport (RIA).

    They were said to have aided two Nigerians, Tony Ogbonna and Francis Uzochukwu Madunagu, and a driver, Bash Tawally, to traffic heroin weighing 3.4 kilograms with a market value of L$ 8,400,000 (US$105,000).

    The officers, the driver and one of the Nigerian men, Tony Ogbonna were on Friday charged with criminal facilitation, while the other Nigerian, Francis Uzochukwu Madunagu, was charged with “unlawful possession, trafficking, and distribution of the narcotics, (heroin).”

    Family members had reported being unable to locate the arrested men since their arrest.

    The men, however, showed up on Friday, December 13, as a result of a Writ of Habeas Corpus.

    Court ‘C’ has ordered the government to “produce the bodies of the accused before the court to determine whether the individual (s) detention and /or imprisonment was lawful".

    The men appeared at the Temple Justice, escorted by officers of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), who immediately took them to the office of the County Attorney of Montserrado County, Cllr. Daku Mulbah.

    No explanation has been given about that trip to Cllr. Daku’s office.

    When the men appeared, speculations flew over an apparent reduction in the weight of the earlier reported 3.4 kilograms of heroin, after it was presented to the court.

    But, while the matter was with the Court, the County Attorney prayed the Monrovia City Court, lower than the Criminal Court to issue a writ of arrest for the same men.

    That new writ brought them under the supervision of the City Court.

    It is not clear whether their lawyer on Friday, secured another bond for their reappearance at the Criminal Court “C.”

    The crimes are bailable under Liberian law.  

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