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Businessman threatens to drag LDEA to court

Businessman threatens to take Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency to court for alleged mal-handling.

By Emmanuel wise Jipoh 

Monrovia, Liberia, April 30, 2024 – The director of the Liberia Drugs Enforcement Agency (LDEA), Col. Abraham Kromah, might have received a tipoff about illicit drugs and swiftly invited a Liberian businessman, Mamudu S. Dabor, aka “2switt,” to a hotel for a meeting,  but excessive brutal force used in the operation turned the table around, as the popular businessman is now pursuing legal action against the LDEA boss, claiming that he was mal-handled, beaten, and unmercifully pepper sprayed on suspicion that he (Mamudu) is a drugs dealer.

Popular businessman Mamudu S. Dabor, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Magic Group of Companies located on 6th Street in Sinkor, Monrovia, has threatened a lawsuit against Director Kromah and his deputy for operations Hassan Fadiga for alleged harassment.

He told reporters on Saturday, April 27, 2024, after a video podcast on social, alleging brutal flogging of his workers by a group of LDEA agents at the Royal Grand Hotel in Sinkor, Monrovia.

According to him, he had gone to the hotel to adhere to a call from the LDEA director, Col. AB Kromah, for a meeting, but only to have met excessive force from officers of the Agency on false accusations linking him to illicit drugs.

“AB wanted to kill; he has got a history of killing innocent people. He has accused me of being a drug cartel or linked to drug cartels because I correlated with Sierra Leone. I do not even drink, nor do I smoke, even at my workplace; I’ve installed values in my employees not to drink and smoke”, he said.

Mamudu continued: “What will I do with drugs when I have employees over 124 young Liberians. I feel that AB and Fadiga are not mentally stable for this job”, he expressed.

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According to him, the authorities at the LDEA don’t even know their functions and technical know-how to track and pursue drug cartels, as they just go about maltreating innocent people.

He details that Col. Abraham Kromah has called him via phone to inform him about drug syndicates, but he told the Agency that he has no dealings with drugs. Noting that they had mandated his presence at the Royal Grand Hotel to substantiate the fact, he decided that a few of his workers would accompany him to said meeting with the LDEA Boss to disprove his claims.

“I’m not a person running away from the law. I embrace the law, and AB doesn’t have the right to harass any citizen, so when he called my office phone and asked a few questions about my link with drugs, I said no; I don’t drink; I don’t smoke, and neither my workers do, and we have no affiliation with drugs, but when he insisted my presence, I decided to go alone, but my boys decided to accompany me.”

According to Mr. Dabor, he employs more than a hundred Liberians, some of whom are engineers, electricians, and plumbers. He says, “Our work here is advertising. We work with Orange GSM and Lone Star Cell MTN and plant most of the billboards you see around the country. We have nothing to do with drugs.”

Mr. Darbor described himself as a Liberian citizen, but has ties in Sierra Leone.

He continued that the behavior exhibited against him by the LDEA Boss and his deputy for operations, Fadiga, was unprofessional, accusing them of using excessive force against innocent Liberians.

When contacted, LDEA Boss Col. Abraham Kromah clarified briefly via mobile phone that the meeting with Mr. Darbo Grand Royal Hotel was unrelated to LDEA.

Col. Kromah explained that upon his arrival at the hotel, he saw the CEO of Magic Group of Companies, Mr. Mamudu Darbo, bringing along a huge number of men, which intimidated him and his deputy Fadiga, so they called for agents of the LDEA for protection.

Kromah continue that it was because of outburst from the opposing men that the LDEA agents began to pepper spray.

He decided not to comment any further on the issue but rather said his chief of operations, Hassan Fadiga, would address the media. Editing by Jonathan Browne

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