Police Arrest Looters With One Million Liberian Dollars At JFK Medical Hospital

Following looting of the Country’s referrer hospital, the JFK Medical Center, officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) last weekend arrested a vehicle with one million Liberian Dollars.

There are reports that when the car was caught with the money on the hospital ground, the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs-designate, Mr. Nathaniel McGill, was called and he reportedly instructed that every vehicle leaving and entering the hospital compound should be thoroughly searched.

However, unconfirmed reports have it that the outgoing administrators at the John F. Kennedy Medical Hospital have been caught “looting” the facility as they take their exits.

Dr. Wvannie-Mae Scott McDonald and Ms. Munah Tarpeh, General Administrator and Deputy GA respectively, are said to have been the two accused when a pick-up truck carrying a freezer, flower pack, curtains, beds and other items were seen leaving the hospital compound late Thursday evening.

According to sources, who asked for anonymity, when the vehicle was seen carrying the items belonging to the hospital, the security on shift triggered an alarm.

“The pick-up was filled; we became concerned on whose order were the things leaving the hospital. ”

“It was like someone moving from one apartment to another. When we inquired, the driver told us that it was Dr. McDonald, who had told him to take the things out.”

“I’m standing here frustrated at the behavior of Munah and Dr. McDonald: for them to take something like curtains is too regrettable,” a source at the hospital noted.

Charles Brown, an eyewitness, told this newspaper that it was probably because of the incident that made Representative Saah Joseph to visit the hospital late that night.

“I have my daughter here ill, when the incident occurred I was downstairs and I noticed the exchanges between the security on guard and the driver of the pick-up,” Brown added.

Mr. McGill was left in charge of the Cabinet in consultation with Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor.

Calls placed to Mr. McGill and Representative Joseph were unanswered as their phones rang endlessly. They also, up to press time, didn’t reply messages sent to them, too.

Currently, officers of the LNP are deployed at the hospital, but when Police spokesman Sam Collins was contacted, he said the Liberia National Police has no idea of what was happening at the hospital.

None of the accused could be reached for responses as their individual phones rang endlessly.

However, the Director of Communications at the hospital, Amara Kamara, said he wasn’t in the mood to clarify anything concerning the hospital he’s been off for a while.

Source: FPA

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.