The NEWS (Monrovia)

19 August 2014

Liberia: "Shoot Violators"

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... ..Dep. Chief Of Staff Orders

Soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia deployed in Grand Cape Mount County have been instructed to shoot on sight anyone caught crossing into Liberia from neighboring Sierra Leone under the cover of darkness.

AFL Deputy Chief of Staff, Eric W. Dennis Friday ordered soldiers assigned in the county to shoot individuals who violate President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf's mandate to keep the border closed.

Dennis' instruction was prompted by statement from immigration officers assigned at Bo-Water Side, a border town with Sierra Leone that some individuals are crossing into Liberia when the border is closed.

Bo-Waterside Immigration Commander Col. Samuel Mulbah informed the AFL Deputy Chief of Staff that despite the closure of the border, Sierra Leoneans are bent on using canoes at night to cross people into Liberia.

He disclosed that the Sierra Leoneans are taking advantage of the 35 illegal entry points their country have with Liberia and the inability of immigration officers to effectively man all of those points.

Col Mulbah expressed fear that Liberia was at risk, because we don't know the health status of those who are being cross at night in canoes by these Sierra Leoneans.

Responding, AFL Deputy Chief of Staff ordered the soldiers to shoot any individual who crosses into the country illegally.

"I want to hear that someone get bullet in their leg. First, you need to send a warning shot and thereafter you burst their leg, " Dennis said.

The AFL Deputy Chief of Staff emphasized "deal with the people let them bring your complain to us. We need to set example, people can't joke with the health of this nation. Our border needs to be closed and remain closed. Nobody should enter and cross illegally."

Dennis warned soldiers and other security officers assigned at the border against taking bribe to cross people into the country.

He disclosed that he will recommend to the presidential task force that Border Patrol Officers of the Bureau of Immigration be issued rifles.

"I will ensure that you get at least five or six AK-47 here for Border Patrol Officers," he assured the Immigration Commander.

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