In the wake of UNMIL draw down, the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization or BIN says it has recruited 250 personnel that are undergoing training in Grand Cape Mount County, Western Liberia.
The recruits have be in training since February to augment the current strength of the BIN as it deploys along Liberia’s borders with neighboring Guinea, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast as part efforts here by the national security apparatus to take over from UN Peacekeeping forces in June this year.
Speaking to UNMIL Radio Wednesday, 23 March the Spokesperson for the BIN, Mr. Abraham Dolley, said, the 250 trainees include Border Patrol Officers, amongst others. He said the patrol officers are being trained in Bong County under the auspices of the United Nations Missions in Liberia or UNMIL.
According to him, Liberians can count on the Bureau for security because its personnel are being trained by the United Nations and they are prepared to charge of security in the country. Mr. Dolley said the BIN has an Academy in Foya, Lofa County and by early next year it will establish a permanent academy of its own where all personnel will be trained in various immigration and naturalization disciplines, and added the Border Patrol Units have been strengthened and provided 80 motorbikes thru donation from the United Nations Development Program.
The BIN has deployed officers at every border entries with neighboring Guinea and reinforce Ebola preventive measures, screening travelers coming into Liberia and leaving the country. Meanwhile, the Bureau had disclosed to deactivate 200 long-serving personnel, including officers that are aging or have overstayed, and those without requisite academic qualification.
Mr. Dolley also disclosed that recently in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, BIN officers arrested 50kg of Marijuana with a street value of US$100,000 which have been turned over to the Drugs Enforcement Agency or DEA.
By Ethel A. Tweh