Speaking on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at a news conference held at the LNP Headquarters in Monrovia, Police Spokesman Moses Carter, said police recently received a tipoff that people at the World Trade Center were printing the Government of Liberia(GoL) confidential documents including National Identification Card, University of Liberia documents, Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) documents and Liberia Business Registry. Carter said police then kicked off an impartial investigation into the matter.
Carter recalled that sometimes ago, agents of the General Investigation Unit/CSD went on the crime scene at the World Trade Center which is located on Gurley Street, Central Monrovia to authenticate the facts of the case. He furthered that when the agent examined the scene they observed that documents of various type are produced and printed at the World Trade Center. Additionally, he indicated that three Confiscated Central Processing Unit(CPU) were searched and the above listed documents were retrieved. "When the Police questioned them about the CPU they denied ever producing and printing any documents belonging to GoL," the LNP spokesman stated.
Based on that, the suspects (David Yourmie, Idriss Abraham Jalloh and Samuel Freeboy) were charged with the commission of the crimes of Forgery and Economic Sabotage respectively in violation of chapter 15, sections 15.70 and 15.88 of the new penal code of Liberia while Issac Robert was charged with criminal facilitation in violation of chapter 10, section 10.2 of the new penal code of Liberian and will be forwarded to court to face the law. Also speaking at the news conference, Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP Emmanuel Jlikan said their success of arresting the guys didn't only do it on the police efforts but the Executive Director of the National Identification Registry, J. Tiah Nagbe.
He narrated that when the bank informed him (Mr. Nagbe) about such act he immediately got to the police to begin investigation. He cautioned those who are involved in such unscrupulous act to stop, saying the act is illegal and unwarranted. Meanwhile, the Executive Director of the National Identification Registry J. Tiah Nagbe applauded the LNP for the collaboration to protect the state. Mr. Nagbe said the act is dangerous for people who are doing it. He disclosed that the ID is linked to the international world to identify people. " When this problem continues the world will have a very serious problem with Liberians’ information on their respective ID Cards." He warned.
“When you fix the ID outside which is the fake way, once you use it to the bank the system will tell the teller that the card is being fake and they will arrest you because the National ID Card speaks as a system,” Mr. Nagabe pointed out. He concluded by encouraging people to visit the National ID Card Office to fix their card.