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Liberia: Citizens Living in Fear After discovery of ammunition in Nimba

Several Liberians have expressed concerns of fear and worry over the discovery of ammunition in Ganta City, Nimba County.

In an interview with this paper Tuesday, 11 April 2023, several Liberians said the discovery of the ammunition in Nimba has created panic and insecurity among citizens and foreign residents ahead of this year’s elections.

“This is completely alarming and worrisome, the continued discovery of firearms in the country. We need the intervention of the international community,” one of those interviewed said.

Over one thousand rounds of ammunition have been discovered in Blagay Town community, Ganta, Nimba County, causing unease among residents.

The ammunition, totaling one thousand ninety-three pieces, are believed to be AK-47 and GMG rounds along with seven empty shells. They were turned over to the Ganta Police detachment.

Nimba County was the birthplace of the 1989 rebel incursion in Liberia by jailed former Liberian president Charles Taylor, thru Butuo, a border town.

Liberians have said they are living in extreme fear because the constant discovery of guns across the country looks somehow sinister and political. They have accused the government of allegedly refusing to bring any culprit to book.

“Do you know what it means just few months to election and we are seeing and discovering arms all over the place? This shows that we are no longer safe in Liberia during these election period,” they noted.

Amelia Konneh, a resident of Carey Street in Central Monrovia has launched an appeal for the Liberian government’s timely investigation of the matter.

For his part, James Massaquoi, a local street vendor described Liberia as an unsaved state. In the interview, he suggested that the country needs the intervention of the international community.