The administrative assistant to Superintendent SelinaMappy of Bong County has alarmed about increased importation of small arms, mainly single barrel pistols into Liberia from neighboring Guinea thru Bong.
Mr. Joseph M. Urey said small arms are seen on a daily basis entering Gbarnga from the Republic of Guinea. He said the smuggling of small arms into the county, has also increased criminal activities, mainly armed robbery. Mr. Urey said the situation has created panic among residents of Gbarnga and surrounding towns and villages.
He made the disclosure recently in Ganta, Nimba County in a cross border meeting along the Liberian-Guinean border. The meeting was organized by the International Organization for Migration or IOM, bringing together local authorities from Nimba, Bong and Lofa Counties and their counterparts from Guinea.
Speaking at the opening of the day-long forum, the head of Nimba County Health Team, Doctor Collin S. Bowah said, the meeting was intended to foster relationship between people of both countries, including capacity building to prepare themselves for any outbreak of diseases.
Doctor Bowah the coming of local authorities along with their health workers will help to abreast the two countries about the importance of information- sharing and how to work together in combating a common problem.
He said several countries in the region, including Nigeria have reported polo outbreak, noting that polo is a disease that spreads rapidly. Dr. Bowah called on the two sisterly countries to work together in achieving their goal of eradicating diseases.
But the Bong County Administrative Assistant Urey accused Guinea of supporting armed robbery in Bong County. When this paper contacted Guinean authorities along border about the matter, they neither confirm nor deny, but said the Government of Guinea has issued strict instructions for all Guineans in possession of fire arms to report them for recording and identification.
They promised to do everything necessary to put a check to movement of small arms among the borders.
By Franklin Doloquee, Nimba-Editing by Jonathan Browne