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Crimes Of November 8, 2011: -A Conspiracy Of A Criminal Cover-up

By P Nimely-Sie Tuon December 5, 2016 On November 8, 2011, exactly five years ago, the entire world saw images flashing on television screens of defenseless unarmed young Liberians being overwhelmed by haze of gunfire that were being fired at them before the headquarters of a Liberian political party, Congress For Democratic Change or CDC, in Monrovia, the Liberian capital. The security forces of the Sirleaf-Boakai regime open fire at these young Liberians who were exercising their rights to peaceful assembly. Within few hours of the incident, while the activities were still unfolding, Liberia’s President Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, in a dismissive way, said it was only one person that died, and described it as an “isolated” incident. By the end of the day, as darkness…

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Liberia’s UN Ambassador Brown Proposes One Year Extension of UNMIL

As UN Security Council discusses a Special Report on Liberia, Liberia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, His Excellency Mr. Lewis Brown, on behalf of Government, is proposing one year for the extension of the United Nation’s Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), while the Undersecretary General for Peacekeeping Operations, Havre Ladsous is advising that Liberia remains on the UN Security Council’s agenda through the establishment of the next administration. “Only one more year to continue the phased withdrawal – one more year to enable our recovering and reforming institutions to continue to stand up as UNMIL draws down; one more year of presence of UNMIL which represents to many Liberians, a ‘brand of confidence’ that would assist in mitigating, if not deterring, the real risk of…

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Southeasterners in Liberia Complain of Abandonment by Sirleaf Government

Despite appeal from the citizens the of  Southeastern region of Liberia to the Ministry of Public Works to recondition the major roads leading to the region, government is yet to act even in wake of promises made the Ministry of Public Works to help those Liberians out of their misery. Speaking on major radio talk-shows in Monrovia recently, the citizens said even though the raining season is subsiding, the terrible road conditions have made it almost impossible to commute in the region. They said that vehicles that make it to the region charge exorbitant fares, which subsequently has caused increase the prices of other commodities. Last year, the plenary of the Liberian Senate invited the Ministries of Public Works, Finance and Transport to brainstorm on…

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WAJA Congratulates Gambians On Victory Over “Tyranny”

The West African Journalists Association (WAJA) has congratulated the people of The Gambia on their victory over tyranny. WAJA says, the December 2 defeat of President Yahya Jammeh at the polls, ends the 22 years wait for answers to the cries and fears of The Gambia people, who had been brutally repressed. The result of the Gambian elections has been largely greeted with surprise, but WAJA believes the peaceful outcome was a divined intervention by Allah to end the suffering of the people at the hands of the dictator, who had wished to rule for ‘a billion year.’ In a statement issued on Sunday, WAJA says the result also means freedom and justice for the very many Gambians, including and especially journalists, human rights and…

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Pres. Sirleaf Meets President Buhari in Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in Abuja met with the Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, behind closed doors. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reliably gathered that the visiting Liberian president would brief President Buhari on sub-regional security challenges ahead of the 3rd Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa slated for Dec. 5 and Dec. 6. President Buhari is expected to leave Abuja later today for the forum in Dakar, Senegal. Sirleaf, who is the current Chairperson of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS), is expected to brief President Buhari on efforts made to curb terrorism in the sub-region. NAN further reports that the two leaders may also discuss other issues…

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Alarm over Influx of Aliens

Liberians have raised alarm on the massive influx of foreigners into the country. Our reporter who visited Nimba County recently said Liberians in the county fear that this situation could pose security problem for the country in the future. The citizens told Concord Times that most of these aliens are Nigerians and Guineans who most times take advantage of the porous borders of the country. The Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization has also expressed concern about the situation at the borders. BIN Boss Lemuel Reeves recently stated that his bureau was strategizing on ways to secure the country porous borders amid reports that it has been forgotten as more illegal aliens filter through. Immigration sources told Concord Times that out of 156 entry points in…

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Ganta City

  Moving From War To Total Development Ganta, also known as Gompa City, is a town in Nimba County of northern Liberia, lying just south of the Guinea border. It is the second largest city in Liberia, with a population of 41,106 as of 2008.  A bustling market town, it contains a prominent white mosque, noted for its decorated minarets of carved stars. It is connected by highway to Zwedru, some 238 kilometres (148 mi) to the southeast. The Mani River passes through the northern part of the town, marking the border between Liberia and Guinea. Ganta is an emerging city with a estimated population of 50. As early as 1983 it was observed by the Foreign Broadcast Information Service that it had the potential to…

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PUL Suspends Journalist

(Monrovia, December 4, 2016) The Press Union of Liberia has indefinitely suspended the membership of the Publisher of the Daily Graphic Newspaper, George Watkins. The Union’s action against Journalist Watkins is the outcome of preliminary hearings conducted by the Press Union’s Leadership during which Mr.  Watkins pleaded guilty to forgery and theft. Mr. Watkins, the Union said initiated and managed criminal negotiations that led to the waiver of ninety percent of debt owed the New Vision Newspaper by the Central Bank of Liberia. The resulting check of U$628 issued in the name of the newspaper was also fraudulently encashed at the Central Bank of Liberia by Mr. T. Benedict D. Togbah of Public Agenda Newspaper with the aid of some CBL staff on the instruction and supervision…

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Greater Investment in Security, Justice, Correction Sectors Key to Liberia’s Stability, Peacekeeping Chief Tells Security Council

Root Causes of Conflict, Ebola Aftermath Cited as Civil Society Speaker Highlights Threat of Sexual, Gender-based Violence Liberia remained stable, but sustaining the progress it had made would require greater investment in the country’s security services as well as commensurate improvements in the justice and correction sectors, the head of United Nations peacekeeping told the Security Council today as it considered the situation in that country and the future of the mission deployed there. Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations said that since the security transition in June, there had been no serious incident warranting intervention by the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). The political environment had been dominated by preparations for presidential and legislative elections in October 2017, and the next President’s inauguration…

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Guard Your Peace Jealously – Sirleaf Johnson told Ghanaians

Mrs Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the President of Liberia, has advised Ghanaians to guard the peace being enjoyed now because any violent incident could degenerate into a national catastrophe. President Sirleaf, who is also the Chair of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said: “If there is violence during the elections and it spills over into the communities, there is likely to be a lot of people that would get hurt, some people can die, properties could be destroyed and once that starts, people take advantage of that situation and it spreads beyond control.” She was speaking to the Ghana News Agency at the sidelines of “Cocktail Time with the Champion of Women Situation Room (WSR) and the Chair of ECOWAS”, organised by the WSR…

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