Looters have ransacked several compounds left behind by UNMIL in Nimba County, breaking down doors, windows and roof of buildings. The looters raided several bases left behind in Ganta, Saclepea, and Tappita by the UN Mission as it withdrew to Monrovia as part of a drawdown plan approved by the Security Council.
A tour by our Nimba correspondent to the affected towns discovered that housing units, including bathrooms were looted, with commodes, tubs and other accessories uprooted. Some citizens lamented the act does not demonstrate love for both the peacekeepers, who spent years restoring confidence among the population, and even the country.
The said heartless criminals carried out the act and sell items looted in order to buy drugs to take in. “My brother, no normal man will involve with taking zinc and pieces of planks from a house to go sell only to smoke”, one disappointed resident of Ganta commented.
Meanwhile, police in the county have made no arrest in connection with the crime. Since the United Nations Mission in Liberia pulled out of Nimba in June, facilities left behind have been vulnerable as local authorities turn blind eyes.
No action has been taken by any of the local authorities to get involvement of community radio stations in encouraging citizens to combat the act. The only UNMIL bases left untouched in the county are the ones in Sanniquellie and Loguato currently used by some state security officers, while others rent private premises.
UNMIL was deployed in Ganta, Sanniquellie, Loguato, Saclepea and Tappita, respectively.
By Franklin Doloquee, Nimba-Editing by Jonathan Browne