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Joint Security Storms Abandoned MOD Building

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first_imgIn the wake of the United Nations Mission in Liberia’s (UNMIL) drawdown, a joint security team comprising members of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), Liberia National Police (LNP), and Liberia National Fire Service (LNFS) yesterday stormed the Ministry of Defense building in Congo Town, Monrovia, in search of suspected drug addicts. According to security sources, the building’s notoriety has surpassed the much-talked about and densely populated Peace Island community in Congo Town, commonly known as “540.”The Liberians were backed by their outgoing UNMIL counterparts. Several of the suspected addicts arrested in yesterday’s raid were immediately turned over to the LNP for processing and their subsequent hand-over to court, the Daily Observer was informed.Traffic connecting the main road to the Congo Town back road came to a standstill as commuters stood agape witnessing the event.However, according to sources, yesterday’s operations were intended to search, seize and arrest suspected drug addicts and hardened criminals.The exercise, the sources continued, has been carried out in several communities in Monrovia and other commercial districts, and is expected to continue in the coming weeks.Our sources hinted that the operation became a necessity because security forces have observed that the country is gradually becoming a potential haven for transnational drug dealers and traffickers.“The reason is because the country has porous borders that anyone can penetrate without the security noticing.” Prior to yesterday’s search, there had been widespread rumors that the abandoned Defense Ministry structure hosts an unspecified number of drug addicts and hardened criminals.Residents of the surrounding communities told the Daily Observer that until yesterday’s exercise, the building was inhabited by hardcore criminals, who made the area a no-go zone for them.“We have been very afraid to inform security people about the bad conditions around here as most of the suspected criminals over there continue to threaten our homes,” said a gentleman who identified himself as Morton.A female resident disclosed that they had remained silent on the situation owing to the fact that they have to protect their lives and properties from the marauding gangs that terrorize their communities.One resident described the move by the joint security squad as “timely” and urged the government and its partners to sustain the search operations in all parts of Monrovia and extend them across the country. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Women’s Tennis Releases 2018 Schedule

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first_imgThe Bulldogs will play four of their next five match at home, hosting Western Illinois (Feb. 23), Colorado State (Feb. 25), Montana State (March 9) and Grand Canyon University (March 14). DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University head women’s tennis coach Mai-Ly Tran announced the Bulldogs 2018 schedule on Wednesday, highlighted by 12 matches in the friendly confine sof the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. Drake wraps up its home schedule on April 14 and April 15 when it hosts Illinois State and Bradley, respectively. Story Links The Bulldogs opens the final month of the season at new MVC member Valparaiso on April 6 and then at Evansville on April 8. The Bulldogs begin the second month of the season at Nebraska-Omaha on Feb. 3 and will also face-off against North Dakota in a neutral site match. Drake hosts Milwaukee on Feb. 9 before heading to Minnesota on Feb. 11. 2018 Schedule The Bulldogs close out their non-conference schedule on March 29 as they host in-state foe Iowa State. Drake then heads to California for a pair of matches as the Bulldogs square off against Cal State Northridge (March 14) and UC Riverside (March 16). Drake opens the season with a three-match homestand, starting with Creighton on Jan. 19 and then against South Dakota and Ausgustana (S.D.) for a doubleheader on Jan. 28. Drake opens Missouri Valley Conference play on March 31 when it welcomes UNI. The Bulldogs concludes the regular season with a trip to Missouri State on April 22 and will travel back to Springfield, Mo. for the MVC Championships on April 27-29. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more