This paper has received credible reports that another insurrection is in
the making to destabilize Liberia in spite of the international community
tireless efforts to bring sanity to the country.
According to the reports, insurgents based in neighboring Ivory Coast are
planning to attack Liberia if Mrs. Ellen Sirleaf is inaugurated as President
of Liberia on January 16, 2006.
Though sources who hinted this paper did not name the rebel group, it is
believed to be made up of Liberian mercenaries who have been fighting alongside
the New Forces in the North of Cote d’Ivoire.
A few elements of the unknown rebel group are reported to have also fought
alongside the Ivorian Government militias in the west of the country.
These elements are said to have the task of opening corridors in the Southeastern
tip of Nimba as well as the Northwestern part of Grand Gedeh for the insurgency.
Other members of the group are said to be deployed in villages and forests
along the Liberia-Ivorian border in the Southeast between Grand Gedeh and
Nimba Counties on reconnaissance mission while some are said to be even
in Monrovia for the same mission.
The people of Nimba, the sources revealed, have vowed to resist the use
of their county by any group to destabilize the country.
Some Nimbaians told The FORUM in Ganta last weekend that they were aware
of such information and were prepared to resist it to the letter.
According to our sources, the recent coup plot uncovered by the National
Transitional Government of Liberia was part of the insurrection planned
by the group, some of whose organizers are allegedly officials of the government.
The coup was said to have been planned to be executed on Saturday December
10, 2005 with the appointment of one of the defeated presidential candidates
as Head of State.
The sources also hinted that this candidate would have refused the offer
by the coup makers by disassociating himself on grounds that he is an ardent
believer of democracy, as such, would have been purportedly arrested from
his residence and taken to the Executive Mansion and made to announce himself
as Head of State.
However, reports of the insurrection are yet to be independently verified
either by the NTGL or UNMIL. Notwithstanding, it is only the coup plot that
the government announced recently, noting that two of its officials were
linked whose names were not disclosed.
Meanwhile, UNMIL has already assured Liberians that the January 16 inauguration
of Mrs. Sirleaf will take place, warning that it is in full control of security
of the state and that it will deal robustly with anyone that would make
the attempts to destabilize the nation.
In a related development, latest reports emanating from Lofa County say
19 former fighters have been arrested in Kolahun District by state security
after they emerged from the Belleh forest.
The 19 arrested by the security following a hint from the residents of the
area were reportedly among one thousand former fighters the rest of whom
were said to have fled back into the bushes after they realized that their
colleagues have been arrested for questioning.
The reports also said five hundred of the one thousand former fighters resisted
arrest and made their way toward Vahun at the Liberia-Sierra Leone border.
This latest security information, especially with the presence in huge number
of former fighters coming from the Belleh forest has sparked off panic among
war-weary Liberians, mainly those in Lofa County who have started rebuilding
The emergence of former fighters from the Belleh forest which has often
been reported of harboring unknown armed has raised another big security
concern in the country.