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Armed security officers have searched the official residence of Mr. Roland W. Jacobs, the political leader of the Party of Hope (POH), for weapons. But police did not find weapon at Mr. Jacobs’ residence in the Rice Store Community of Logan Town in Montserrado County District #15.

Several journalists who were at Mr. Jacobs’s residence were prevented from entering the compound, which was being searched by security forces.

However, information obtained indicates that the search followed a complaint filed against Mr. Jacobs by a female (name not disclosed) to the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), claiming that the POH political leader is in possession of weapons in his compound.

Mr. Jacobs participated in the 2017 general and presidential elections but made no significant political impact on the electorate during the election.

However, since the 2017 elections, the national headquarters of the Party of Hope, situated within District#15, has been turned into a private dwelling place, as if the party had ceased to exist as a political institution.

Following the search operation at Mr. Jacob’s residence, he was invited to the Central Police Headquarters on Capitol Hill, along with the unnamed female, who madethe complaint to the Ministry of Justice for further investigation.

Earlier, a man who claimed to be a nephew of Mr. Jacobs told our reporter that even though his uncle’s residence was searched by the police, there was nothing like a weapon or any other dangerous object found in the home.

He however informed the NewDawn that the POH political leader could not speak with the press because he was engaged in a meeting with some other people.

When our reporter sought Mr. Jacobs’ comment on the matter, a private security guard assigned to the POH political leader’s compound said Mr. Jacobs had left his home to attend to other business in Monrovia.

Efforts to get a comment from the Ministry of Justice and the Liberia National Police failed.

By Emmanuel Mondaye–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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