Police authorities in Monrovia are investigating 40-year-old Morris Gbanjah for being in possession of over 2,975 rounds of single barrel ammunition around Benson Hospital in Paynesville, outside the capital.
Deputy Police Director for Public Affairs, Lewis Norman, told The NewDawn Thursday evening, 20 August that suspect Gbanjah was arrested Thursday morning at 4:30a.m. around Benson Hospital by agents of the Liberia National Police.
The suspect was reportedly conveying the rounds to an unknown destination, but Mr. Norman says investigators are still probing for more details. Cartoons of rounds were displayed, while the suspect posed for photograph with some rounds seen on the ground.
Police say they are probing the suspect to establish where he was transporting the ammunition; who gave them to him and to whom he was carrying them. Suspect Gbanjah was allegedly conveying the ammunition in a pick-up marked PP-2303 when the police arrested him in Paynesville, the authorities say.
So far, Mr. Norman says the suspect has linked one Momo to the ammunition issue during police interrogation, but police authorities have maintained that this piece of information is not enough because the mere name “Momo” will not in any way help investigators to identify a real person.
“We want to know where he got it from and who gave it to him,” the deputy LNP public affairs director said, adding that the name Momois not sufficient. Outside of Montserrrado County, joint security operatives last month arrested huge cache of ammunition at the Ganta border in Nimba County from a 48-year-old man, Dukuly Karfalay.
That incident from the Ganta border followed a previous arrest of 800 rounds of ammunition along with a pistol also in Ganta, a densely populated commercial city near the border with neighboring Guinea. The suspected trafficker was said to have entered Ganta City from Guinea, and the Drugs Enforcement Agency or DEA at the time discovered the ammunition while in the process of searching for narcotics. By Winston W. Parley – Editing by Jonathan Browne