Employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including those employed by the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs, and the President’s office today resumed work after being threatened reportedly by two ‘big black snakes’ that mysteriously crawled in the building with employees running for their lives.
Since the discovering of the snakes in the building last week, staffs of the Ministry were asked to stay away until Monday, April 22, “It’s just to make sure that crawling and creeping things get fumigated from the building,” Toby was quoted as saying. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosts the office of the President, so it did an internal memo asking the staff to stay home while they do the fumigation,” the deputy presidential press secretary, Smith Toby told reporters.
The office of the President has been based in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since a fire in 2006 gutted the nearby presidential mansion.
“The snakes were never killed,” Toby said. “There was a little hole somewhere [through which] they made their way back. That building’s been there for years now, and [because of] the drainage system, the possibility of having things like snakes crawling in that building was high.”
Police and presidential security were seen guarding Weah’s residence in the capital Monrovia. A fleet of vehicles including escorts jeeps were parked outside.
Toby said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs started to fumigate on Friday, and that the President “is definitely returning to his office on Monday after the fumigation whether or not the snakes are found and killed.”
When GNN reporter visited the Ministry, some of the offices were still closed to the public, but some employees who spoke to reporters said they are very careful in moving around the building, especially isolated areas.