(By Eldred Thomas/GNN Senior Reporter)
The headquarters of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) has again suffered another burglary with over US$8,000.00 worth of equipment stolen by unknown men.
Speaking to our reporter, the Secretary General of the PUL, Daniel Nyankonah said the Union has lost several equipment including two desktops computers, six laptops, cameras, a 50GB detachable back-up, a television with DVD player, a wall clock, four cell phones and two microphones.
Mr. Nyakonah speaking further the incident took place on Friday, July 8, 2016 on Clay Street at the headquarters of the UNION.
The PUL Secretary General also listed other items stolen as three stabilizers, a 2.5 KVA generator, and two gift packages of adult and girls materials.
“This is the third time that such incident has taken place; where robbers have broken into our offices, putting the union’s work backward with the stealing of key materials and tools amounting to substantial lost Nyaknoah noted”.
He recounted that some two year ago, the Union immensely improved security measures on its headquarters, after a burglary that caused the Union nearly $3000.
According to him, the burglars this time made their way into its headquarters by way of the main entrance and breaking the locks on the door.
This recent robbery, Mr. Nyakonah intimated, has stalled the works of the Press Union of Liberia and recorded the heaviest loss of updated data on media development in the country.
He made specific reference to the ongoing media development programs with Internews and the media partners across the country among others.
For his part, the President of the Press Union of Liberia, K. Abdullai Kamara said he is suspecting the stealing to be a planned raid of the PUL Secretariat.
Kamara expressed shocked and wonders why all the computers in the secretariat were taken away and others left in the monitoring room and other parts of the building.
He further explained further that the burglary points to what he described as grave social and security challenges the country is been faced with.
The Clay Street suburb of Monrovia where the PUL Headquarters is located has experienced increased burglaries in recent weeks.
The PUL President noted that the Liberia National Police has been alerted on the latest burglary at its headquarters.
When contacted, Police spokesman Sam Collins who said investigations are ongoing, while a massive manhunt has been launched by the LNP for the perpetrators and the stolen items.