Disbanded Soldiers Threaten Banks in Liberia with Arson Attack

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MONROVIA – Ex-soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia under the banner ‘Executive Committee of the Unconstitutional Disbanded Soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia’ has threatened to burn down Ecobank, UBA and SIB Banks should they accept the opening of an account in the name of the institution checks.

“Any bank that will get involved, or accept the opening of an account of the above-mentioned institution checks, you should have yourself to blame, your bank or institution will be burned,” the notice stated.

It is not clear what led to the threat against the banking institutions.

However, the Ministry of Defense has taken exception to the threat and has given the group of disbanded soldiers a 72-hour ultimatum to publicly withdraw their statement as it would be left with no alternative but to take all actions within its reach in dealing with the threat.

The Ministry further reiterates that any attempt of arson on any of the institutions named, the leadership of said group will be held liable, as it viewed such statement as terroristic, adding that it will not tolerate any mischievous acts that have the propensity to undermine the gains the Ministry of National Defense has made in unifying the veterans community under the Bureau of Veteran Affairs,” a press release from the Ministry of Defense stated.

The Defense Ministry stated that any group of Liberians attempting to stall the ongoing account opening process of members of the former AFL at the Barclay Training Center will be vehemently resisted by the Ministry of National Defense and the Armed Forces of Liberia.

“The authority of the Ministry of National Defense and the High Command of the Armed Forces of Liberia assure the banking institutions named not to panic as the Armed Forces of Liberia is on full alert to abort any threat coming from any group of Liberians,” the press release added.

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