As Whereabouts Of ‘Mysterious’ Ship On Liberia’s Coast Crew Unknown, Lawmaker Steps In, Calls For Probe

tamayaMontserrado County Distrixct #11 Representative Gabriel Nyenka has called on the House of Representatives to launch a full-scale investigation into the recent mysterious docking of an unknown vessel on the coast of Liberia.

It can be recalled that a 64-foot oil tanker identified as Tamaya-1 recently mysteriously docked on the shores of Robertsport in Grand Cape Mount County.

Police investigation shows that there were no crew members on board the vessel and that communication gadgets on the vessel were all damaged.

Nyenka, in a communication addressed to House Speaker Alex Tyler Tuesday, described the appearance of the vessel in the territory of Liberia as a national security threat, asserting that it took 72 hours to attract the attention of any of the concerned national security agencies of Liberia.

Nyenka noted that amidst the pending final departure of the UN Mission in Liberia, such a major security breach is worrisome.

He stressed that Liberia as a member of the West African sub-region, which was recently hit by terrorist attacks, with Burkina Faso and Cote d’ Ivoire being the latest victims, must at this time be more vigilant than ever before on issues of national security.

He entreated his colleagues to consider the sensitivity of the security threat being posed to the nation and act appropriately by authorizing the relevant committees of the House to launch a probe into the matter.

Meanwhile, the House has forwarded the communication to its committees on National Defense and Maritime for appropriate actions based upon the request of the Montserrado lawmaker.

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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.