A 26 year-old Liberian, identified as Jeremiah Yeamah, has reportedly gone missing in the Ivory Coast after he was allegedly arrested by Ivoirian security officers in the city of Daloa on charges of drug trafficking.
According to his father Oldman Henry Yeamah, Jeremiah left Gbarlay, a border town in Liberia, sometime in June this year, and went to the Ivoirian border town of Seipleau, located between the towns of Binhouye and Touleplue to mine gold.
After spending a few months in Seipleau, the young man was reportedly hired by another Ivoirian miner to mine gold in Kologo Region, northern Ivory Coast, where, according to his father, he resided for a couple of months with other Liberian friends who were hired by the same miner.
Oldman Yeamah said he did not know where his son was arrested, but was informed that in November, his friends who traveled to Kologo returned to Liberia with the information that Jeremiah Yeamah was arrested along with some Ivoirians on November 20 at the checkpoint in Daloa for allegedly trafficking marijuana, a home-grown illegal drug.
Mr. Yeamah, in tears, said he has made all efforts to locate his son in every part of Ivory Coast, but to no avail.
“I have checked the prison centers in Danane and Man in western Ivory Coast, but he is not there and there is no information to ascertain his whereabouts.
“My son doesn’t speak French. He went to Kologo to make a living as a casual miner under an Ivoirian miner, the same that happens around the border where Ivoirians come in when they observe mining activities taking place at the border,” he said.
“Even if he committed a crime, his parents should be contacted or traced. My son has a woman with a child and they are currently living with me as we continue to search for him.”
Gblarlay is located close to the border with the Ivory Coast, near the western Ivoirian towns of Binhouye and Guelalue (East of Liberia) along the main road to Touleplue.
According to reports, there is a gold mining field in Seipleau Town on the Ivorian side of the border, where many Liberians cross to find work. The Ivoirians sometimes do the same when there is a gold rush anywhere along the border towns in Liberia.
Residents at the border use the local radio station in Binhouye for radio communications, which makes it very easy to contact people in Liberia.