Security Officials to Meet Senate on ‘Anti-Terrorism Plan’

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Several national security officials are expected to meet the Senate – the Upper House of the Legislature – on Thursday, April 27, to explain their plans on “counter measures and preparedness” on terrorism.

The Chairman on the Senate Committee on Defense, Intelligence and Veteran Affairs, Senator Stephen J.H. Zargo, said the “hearing” would bring top national security officials, including Defense Minister Brownell Samukai, Army Chief of Staff Daniel Ziankhan, Police Director Chris Massaquoi, among others.

Sen. Zargo, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer recently in his Capitol Hill office, said the hearing will be part of the National Security Dialogue to safeguard the stability of the country.

It may be recalled that Senator Zargo recently suggested that Liberia should increase its terrorism-alert level to cover the whole country, following the recent deadly terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso, Mali and the Ivory Coast.

He maintained that in the wake of the attacks across the region, Liberia’s borders are under threat and the government should therefore “change the alert status to set off a flurry of increased security measures.”

The Lofa County lawmaker didn’t however indicate what the current security level is. The two highest levels of alerts in security system are orange and red.

On previous occasions, former Justice Minister and Attorney General, Cllr. Benedict Sannoh, admitted that in spite of the existing peace in the country there are numerous internal elements that pose serious security threats to the country.

Since 1987, Sen. Zargo passed through the ranks of the Liberia National Police (LNP), starting as a patrol officer and ended serving as its Chief of the Central Intelligence Division (CID). Before his election to the Senate in 2014, he served as a roving prosecutor for the Ministry of Justice.

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