Who’s Marginalizing Customs Officer Karyee at RIA?


Monrovia, Liberia

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The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

Posted May 16, 2006


It has been revealed to The FORUM by a group of citizens in Monrovia that some unidentified schemers are reportedly marginalizing customs examiner Richard Karyee for the recent arrest of a Nigerian drug dealer, Sylvester Agina at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) few weeks ago.

The citizens, in a survey conducted by this paper, following media reports that Mr. Karyee is currently being marginalized by some colleagues assigned at the RIA for rejecting US 20 thousand dollars from Mr. Agina to set him free, said customs authorities at the Ministry of Finance need to promote officer Karyee to serve as a motivating factor that would encourage other customs officers across the country.

The citizens expressed an outright fear that any attempt or syndicate harbored by self- centered individuals to marginalize Mr. Karyee could create more room for insincerity in the customs sector thereby sending out negative signals for national commitment.

They termed the exposure of the Nigerian drug dealer by Mr. Karyee, which some corrupt elements of the customs sector are said to be holding against him, as “complementing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s effort in fighting corruption.”

The citizens, mainly residents of Sinkor and Paynesville, also commended the Liberia YMCA for honoring Mr. Karyee for his stance against the importation of dangerous drugs by foreigners into Liberia, something they described as “a nationalistic performance.”

Some of the citizens told this paper that they have received credible information that days after Mr. Karyee tracked down Mr. Agina, his overall boss recommended his elevation, something that appears to have prompted his critics at the RIA to marginalize him.

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