The case surrounding the huge quantities of single barrel rounds arrested in Ganta recently is said to have been transferred to the Headquarters of the Liberia National Police in Monrovia, the Nimba Police Senior Inspector’s Office Department Commander had said.
But, he could not give any reason why the case had been transferred to Monrovia when such a case can be tried in the local courts in Nimba.
Detector James Kartoe of the Police CSD in Nimba told our correspondent via mobile phone on November 7, “The cartridges along with the culprit had been transferred to the Senior Inspector’s office in Monrovia.”
The consignment of cartridges illegally entered into Liberia from Guinea despite the Liberia – Guinea border being closed and placed among other goods en route to Monrovia, when the DEA agent assigned at the Ganta Checkpoint arrested it and turned it over to police for investigation.
The culprit along with goods suffered several days at the Ganta Police Station from the 1st November 2014, when it was arrested until it was transferred to Monrovia on 5th of November 2014.
The question is why the case was transferred when there are competent courts in Nimba to try such cases.
The Drug Enforcement Agency in Nimba on 1st November 2014 seized about 14 cartoons of single barrel rounds loaded aboard a car at the Ganta Immigration Check Point in Ganta heading for Monrovia.
William Fayah of the DEA told the Daily Observer that the single rounds were arrested from a young Guinean – Liberian, Makoni Dorleh, after entering the country at Gbloryee Port #1 (a sub – port around Ganta main Port of entry) late evening, but Fayah could not explain whether it was on same day or not.
He quoted the culprit of saying that she got the single rounds from Guinea and was taking them to Monrovia where she will load it on board a lorry for the southeast counties for sale.
The transfer showed suspicions that the case had been compromised between the culprit and the police.
On 25th November 2013 a man bearing two different passports was arrested at the Ganta Main Border with over US$ 130,000, which were considered to be stolen money, in a back of a black Nissan Patrol Jeep marked BC – 7278 while en route Guinea.
The man, Charaf Khalef was believed to be a Guinea Bissau National but he also bore a diplomatic passport from Mauritania.
But what became of the case is yet to be established, something that didn’t go down well with many security officers who helped in the arrest of the man.
“Whenever, we arrest some high profile cases and send them to Monrovia, there is always no outcome,” said a security officer who does not want to be named.
“Nothing will come out of this single barrel round case as long as it is sent to Monrovia,” he added.
There is skepticism among residents that officers assigned at the border or checkpoint will not be fair enough to report any lucrative illegal cases once cases reported are somehow compromised.