Two nationals from Burkina Faso are jointly facing a charge of “illegal entry” into Liberia and “criminally” engaging in illegal activities in the Grand Gedeh forest where locals here have repeatedly accused aliens of allegedly encroaching on their farm lands.
Liberia’s Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization or BIN says it established that the two Burkinabes, Tassore Yogo and Tontepanco Boniface “clandestinely, notoriously and criminally entered Liberia without any travel documents” and got engage in agriculture activities.
A BIN charge sheet which is being used to prosecute the defendants at the Monrovia City Magisterial Court reads that the men entered the country illegally, according to Section 5.90 of the Alien and Nationality law of Liberia.
Both defendants were said to have been arrested on 4 October this year by some citizens from the Dougee and Tian towns [in Grand Gedeh]. The locals arrested the defendants over claims that they had left neighboring Ivory Coast and made their way into Liberia with the sole intent of encroaching on the Grand Gedeans land and allegedly destroying the forest.
There were contentions among the locals that the alleged farmers were not Liberians and they had no authority to destroy their forest. After arresting defendants Yogo and Boniface, they were later turned over to BIN’s county authorities in Grand Gedeh by residents.
The BIN says it forwarded the defendants to its Central Office for further investigation during which it was alleged that the defendants illegally entered Liberia and were engaged in illegal activities..
By Winston W. Parley-Edited by Othello B. Garblah