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Barely a day after some disbanded soldiers threatened to set banks on fire over pension – related issues, the Ministry of Defense yesterday called on the group to publicly withdraw its statement within 72 hours or risk all necessary actions within the ministry’s reach in dealing with the threat.

“The ministry takes serious exception to such statements and calls on the group to publicly withdraw said statement within 72 hours or the ministry will be left with no alternative, but to take all necessary actions within its reach in dealing with the threat,” the ministry said in a statement yesterday.

The Ministry of Defense noted that its attention had been drawn to a threatening statement issued on Monday, 18 January by a group calling itself the “Executive Committee of the Unconstitutional Disbanded Soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia.”

In the statement issued by the disbanded soldiers, the Defense Ministry observed, the group has threatened to burn down ECOBANK, United Bank of Africa (UBA) and SIB if they dare open pensioner’s accounts for the disbanded soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).

The ministry reiterated that any attempt of arson on any of the institutions named, the leadership of said group will be held liable, as it views such a statement as terroristic.

It added that it will not tolerate any mischievous acts that have the propensity to undermine the gains the Ministry of National Defense has made in unifying the veterans community under the Bureau of Veteran Affairs.

“The Ministry of National Defense wants to be emphatically clear that any group of Liberians attempting to stall the ongoing account opening process of members of the former AFL at the Barclay Training Center will be vehemently resisted by the Ministry of National Defense and the Armed Forces of Liberia,” the release continued.

Meanwhile, the authorities at the Ministry of National Defense and the High Command of the Armed Forces of Liberia assure the banking institutions named not to panic, as the Armed Forces of Liberia are on full alert to abort any threat coming from any group of Liberians.–Press release

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