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ECOWAS donates body scanner to Liberia

By Arthur Douglas
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(mylbsonline/Liberia)-ECOWAS Inter-governmental Action Unit against Money Laundering and financing terrorists (GIABA) has donated a body scanner to the Liberian Government.

The equipment is valued at US$100-thousand and is installed at the Roberts International Airport (RIA).

Making the presentation Saturday, May 8, 2013, GIABA’s representative, Abdulai Mbodj, said: “The equipment will assist government track money laundering and illicit objects and substances.

“The scanner uses millimeter wave technology to detect objectys such as weapons, explosives, drugs, electronic devices, and money concealed on any part of a person’s body.

According to Mr. Mbodj, the donation was necessary considering Liberia’s exposure and vulnerability to money laundering and other illicit transactions.

Mr. Mbodj made the statement on behalf of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing, Acting National Coordinator, Gabriel Bellepea, commended GIABA for its continued support to the country.

Mr. Bellepea said: “GIABA’s endeavor will help developing countries like Liberia, where drug trafficating, explosive movement and money laundering is common.

For his part, Assistant Custom Commissioner for Urban pots, Saa Saamoi, assured GIABA that the equipment will be used properly.



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