‘I Went To Land & Mines To Steal’

A man who was caught stuck between iron bars at the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy has admitted to the police that he went to the Ministry to steal.

Defendant David Nenneh Gballah was taken to the Monrovia City Court at the Temple of Justice on Thursday, after being investigated by the Liberia National Police (LNP). He has been charged with burglary and criminal mischief.

Police said defendant Gballah was arrested on August 3, 2015 and turned over to the burglary squad of the LNP for interrogation, where he was informed of his constitutional rights, but waived his rights and provided voluntary statement.

Defendant Gballah told the police that during the mid-night hours of August 3, he went to the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy to steal.

He told the police that when he got in front of the Ministry, he saw some security officers sitting in the yard. He explained that upon his arrival, he went to the back of the concrete fence, passed over the fence and entered the premises of the Ministry.

The defendant further explained that while in the yard, he saw a wooden ladder, which he placed on top of the concrete fence to be used as an escape route in case of any eventuality.

He averred that he used a piece of plank from the ladder to bend the protective steel bars from a window and entered the Comptroller’s office.

He narrated further that he took one black laptop and later heard the voices of the security officers in the yard, and decided running away, but got stuck between window bars at which time he was arrested by security guards on duty by then.