The commissioner-general of the Liberia Immigration Service or LIS Col. Robert Budy disclosed in Monrovia that 100 border officers are expected to be armed and deployed to protect the borders of Liberia from external threats.
Col. Budy points to a perceived threat in the region, recalling that there was a threat in Burkina Faso for not too long where 130 civilians were killed and Ivory Coast suffered attacks from 10 jihadists, which led to several Ivorian military officers killed along its borders with Burkina Faso.
Speaking at the Ministry of Information regular briefing recently in Monrovia, the LIS commissioner-general noted that another attack occurred in Grand Bassa hotel, Abidjan when three jihad militants entered the hotel and murdered over 33 persons and leftover two dozens wounded.
He said besides, a group of Liberians led an arrack in Ivory Coast, specifically in the north of Abidjan, but three were killed and one is currently undergoing treatment in Abidjan.
“So you can see that the borders with Ivory Coast are a hot spot for the Liberia Immigration Service; we don’t want people going through and infiltrating our borders”, Col. Budy said, while pointing that Burkinabes are using Grand Gedah and Rivergee counties in Liberia to enter neighboring Ivory Coast to cause chaos.
He narrates the Burkinabes crossed into Grand Gedeh and Rivergee counties to carry out illegal farming.
“And when they harvest the crops, it does not impact our economy. The crop op is taken into Ivory Coast where they are sold.”
Security in Liberian remains fragile since the Mission, UNMIL departed the country in 2018. By Kruah Thomas (Intern), Editing by Jonathan Browne