Bridge Radio Africa has reliably learned that 11 Turkish nationals were on Sunday, May 10, 2020 smuggled into the country via Roberts International Airport (RIA).
The Turkish Nationals were reportedly brought in by MNG Gold Mining Company. They arrived yesterday via RIA, where Bridge Radio Africa gathered that the 11 Turkish were put into a container in attempt to avoid public sentiment, amidst a stressful negotiation to allow them into the country without going through the 14 days quarantine period laid down by health authorities.
Inside sources say, the smuggling in of the 11 Turkish into the country took the Executive Mansion by surprise, because the initial agreement was, MNG Company was bringing in an aircraft to airlift some of their foreign workers from Liberia. But contrary to the agreement, the airplane brought in 11 persons from Turkey.
While at the Airport, report says the Executive Mansion ordered port securities and health workers to quarantine the 11 persons, or send them back to where they come from. But while airport authorities were about to allegedly execute the Executive Mansion’s instruction, a high power company delegation headed by Logistics Manager, one Mr. Farhat visited the airport from Monrovia. It is not clear what mandate Mr. Farhat took to airport securities, Bridge Radio Africa later learned that he (Farhat) allegedly collected luggage belonging to the 11 person and transported them to Monrovia.
Following 3 hours of negotiation at the airport, the 11 Turkish were reportedly released, and conveyed in a white Land curser and gray Prado jeeps at company’s camp site in Kokoya district, Bong County, where they arrived at about 8:30pm.
Upon arrival at the camp site, Bridge Radio Africa gathered that the 11 persons, all of whom are males were immediately put in isolation. Among them is a medical doctor, one general manager, IT technicians and electricians.
When Bridge Radio Africa contacted Deputy Information Minister Eugene Fahngon on the matter, he asked for time to make some inquires. The call was placed at 3:11pm on Monday, May 11, 2020. Minister Fahngon did not however get back to Bridge Radio Africa until press time amidst a follow-up and text message.
MNG’s government Liaison Officer, Eugene Kollie confirmed to Bridge Radio Africa that the company brought 11 Turkish nationals, who are currently kept in isolation center allegedly approved by health authorities. According to him, negations between the Liberian Government and his company to airlift about 97 foreign workers out of Liberia and bring in additional persons were held last month. Of the 97 persons, 43 were from the sister company in Grand Cape Mount County, and 54 from Kokoya in Bong County. He said prior to bringing in the 11 persons, health authorities approved the isolation center early prepared by the company to host their new foreign staffs.
Currently Turkey accounts for 139K of 4.13M cases of coronavirus worldwide, with 92,691 recoveries and 3,786 deaths. While Liberia accounts for 199 confirmed cases, with 100 recoveries and 20 deaths.