Pundits upon learning about the move made by Representative Jimmy Smith to save the legitimacy of the credibility of the Citizens National Identification Card which is the gateway to many authenticated values and acceptance in exercising important duties in line with political franchise coupled with other opportunities, are now pondering if the country is slipping gradually into oblivion with a looming tag that spells big sale in Liberia.
According to them, it is saddened and a deep-seated heartbreak that the nation’s most precious, credible and dependable documents have landed in unscrupulous hands by fake individuals masquerading as Liberian Citizens with perceived calculated motives.
Recently, Representative Smith alarmed about the illicit operations being conducted by some individuals against the spirit of the issuance of citizens National Identification Cards, something that made him to confiscate the card printing machine which was taken at an obscure place completely out of the range of the recognized area where the processing exercise is being carried out.
Despite argument by some elements that they were targeted as being aliens an accused of the alleged falsification of Liberian citizenship which was dismissed as nonissue rather what was of the greatest significance with the highest magnitude is the criminality inflicted on the exclusively well-meaning process which has now been tinted and legitimacy gravely questionable.
Meanwhile, FrontPageAfrica also reported that the House of Representatives has summoned the Inspector General of the Liberia National Police (LNP), Patrick Sudue, along with the Commissioner General of the Liberia Immigration Services (LIS) Robert Budy, Sr. and the Executive Director of the National Identification Registry (NIR) J. Tiah Nagbe over report of theft and illegal identification of citizens and foreign nationals by a staff of the NIR.
Plenary’s decision was based on a communication by Rep. Jimmy Smith (District #2, Montserrado County), craving the decision of the House to invite the officials to state why the Legislature should still have confidence in the national identification exercise in the wake of the theft of a machine and fraudulent printing of identification cards by a senior staff of the Registry outside of the institution.
Representative Smith said on September 26, the Liberia National Police, following a tip off, arrested the illegal printing of dozens of national identification cards at a private property within his district named and styled Masco Clinic and Strong FM located within the Double Bridge Community in Jacob Town.
According to the lawmaker, an NIR machine identified to be assigned in Margibi County was criminally taken to the compound by an employee identified as Foday Kanneh.
From the evidence gathered, the lawmaker said it appeared that the action was the work of a criminal syndicate.
The fraudulent act at the NIR is being unearthed in the wake of a fresh passport scandal at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs involving former Director of Passport Andrew Wonplo and his former bosses.
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