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A group under the banner “Concerned Youths of Suakoko District” is calling on the Liberian National Police Bong Detachment, to update the public on recent investigation launched in the alleged looting of properties belonging to the Central Agriculture Research Institute (CARI).

Recently, some employees of the research entity including David Tokpah and Sam Lewis, among others, were placed behind bars in connection to the alleged sale of a generator and tie wires, among other items belonging to CARI.

But, in a press statement Monday, 24 February, the concerned Youths said they have observed with sadness, those believed to be in connection to the alleged criminal act still being in the employ of the entity, thereby calling for a speedy trial in the matter.

The call by the Concerned Youths of Suakoko District comes amid the alleged seizure of the two months salaries and benefits of Mr. Arthur Wennah, Jr., a Research Scientist at the Institute, who unearthed the matter.

The youth group believes that ceasing whistleblower’s salary and benefits undermines the integrity of the institution, thus threatening an indefinite strike against the administration of Madam Paulette Findley, if Wennah’s salaries and benefits are not paid immediately.
The group wants the police to provide updates about the investigation concerning the alleged stolen materials from CARI and that CARI should also provide clarity about the salaries of the Whistleblower.

The Suakoko Youths have threatened demonstration, failure on the part of the police and the CARI administration to provide the update on the alleged stolen materials and the salaries of Mr. Wennah.

CARI administration has not commented on the issue despite request for clarification from our Bong County Correspondent.By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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