Investigation Uncovers Alleged Theft of Rice at Monrovia Port (NPA); Collaborative Effort Underway for Justice

Mar 12, 2024 - 09:06
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Investigation Uncovers Alleged Theft of Rice at Monrovia Port (NPA); Collaborative Effort Underway for Justice

Monrovia-The National Port Authority (NPA) has unveiled an alleged theft involving the illicit departure of three trucks loaded with rice. The operation, initiated on March 6, 2024, under the direction of the Deputy CSC for Intelligence & Investigation and the Corporate Security Coordinator/PFSO, sheds light on a concerning breach of security protocols.

The incident unfolded at approximately 3:22 AM, when three trucks carrying rice were observed departing through the NPA exit gate (Bravo). Prompt action led to the apprehension of the suspects on the Japanese Highway. Subsequently, an extensive inquiry was conducted, summoning personnel from both the main entrance gate (Alpha) and the exit gate (Bravo) as persons of interest in the investigation.

At the Alpha Gate, individuals including George Boakai (Gate Commander), Michael Johnson (Gate Drop Officer), and Abraham Z. Tulue (Recording Officer) were identified. Meanwhile, at the Bravo Gate, Robert Teah (Shift Commander), Charles Weah (Deputy Commander), Ezekiel Kollie (Duty Officer), and Zwannah Haines (Duty Officer) were implicated.

Initial findings revealed lapses in duty execution at the Alpha Gate, where vehicles were granted access to the port area without proper logging procedures. Moreover, collusion among personnel stationed at the Bravo Gate facilitated the unauthorized departure of the rice-loaded trucks. This breach of security protocols occurred without the knowledge of Senior Duty Officer Major Mark Walker and an individual identified as Douda.

NPA head office and stocked of 25kg bags of Rice

The source of the rice was traced back to FOUTA Warehouse #7, further complicating the investigation. The vehicles involved bear the license plates: C-41018, H03612, and C-4342, and are operated by Foday Kromah (New Georgia resident), Mohammed Kromah (Jacob Town resident), and Karlu Sible (Logan Town resident), respectively.

In response to these findings, Robert Teah, Charles Weah, Zwannah Haines, and Ezekiel Kollie have been charged with criminal conspiracy and criminal facilitation. Additionally, George Boakai, Michael Johnson, and Abraham Julue face charges of negligence of duty for their failure to prevent the unauthorized entry of trucks into the port premises.

The investigation is now being collaboratively pursued with the Liberia National Police (LNP) and the Liberia Sea Port Police to ensure thoroughness and justice in resolving this matter.

This incident highlights the dangerous importance of robust security measures and vigilant oversight within the port infrastructure. As the investigation progresses, stakeholders remain committed to upholding the integrity and security of maritime operations in Liberia. Stay tuned for further updates as this story unfolds.

Recently, The Management of the National Port Authority has inaugurated a vigorous inquiry heeding a consignment of rice that was reportedly trucked out of the Freeport of Monrovia by unknown Individuals.

The situation was address in a Press conference at the National port Authority Public Relation Department.

 

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Daniel Theo Cole Daniel Theophilus Cole is a Senior Reporter at Kool 91.9 FM/TV/Knewsonline. Cole has a keen interest in Human Interest, Political, Economy, and Agricultural Stories. His passion for journalism extends beyond self-interest. Cell#0776762186 Email: danieltheocole20@gmail.com