The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has arrested a truckload of Ebola-related medicines and medical supplies leaving Liberia bound for Guinea. The drugs were reportedly loaded to be smuggled to Guinea from Monrovia and exchanged for “fake pharmaceutical products” to be brought to Liberia when the DEA arrested the Guinean truck with plate number 7596-J, driven by one Hassan Kromah, a Guinean national.Those suspected to be in connection to the drugs trade have reportedly connected the hierarchy of the National Drug Service (NDS) as well as those from the Liberia Medical Health and Regulative Authority (LMHRA) and some personnel of the Ministry of Health (MOH), an insider at the DEA has informed the Daily Observer.One of the suspects involved is identified as Abdullai Kamara, who chartered the truck with two helpers, are helping the DEA with their investigation. He has meanwhile named two other accomplices to the deal as Sidikie Swaray and Musa Swaray.The 146 cartons of pharmaceutical items, according to DEA Director-General Anthony K. Souh, were arrested on Tuesday, September 1, on board the truck with other assorted items at the old Plank Field opposite the National Port Authority (NPA), while the truck was preparing to take off for Guinea.Among the medical supplies arrested were several cartons of drugs and other materials donated by international partners to Liberia’s health authorities toward the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD), the DEA said, quoting health officialsThe medicines, some of which have expiration dates between 2017 and 2019, include five cartons of various types of penicillin injections labeled by the international dispensary association (IDA). Others include batches of paracetamol products, 49 cartons of disposable needles and syringes, other types of antibiotics such as Cloxacillin, Erythromycin, etc. They were donated to the Government of Liberia (GOL) through the Ministry of Health by Mission Pharmacy and Chattern Dispensary, while others are from the IDA.IDA Foundation is the world’s leading not-for-profit supplier of essential, quality-assured medicines and medical supplies to low and middle income countries such like Liberia. Founded in 1972, IDA Foundation is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and has offices in India, China, Nigeria and USA with a global network of over 40 representative agents.At a major press conference over the weekend, the DEA said it presumed the drugs came directly from a warehouse belonging to the National Drug Service and were headed for the Republic of Guinea.Present at the press conference were Liberia’s chief pharmacist, Tijli Tyee, and LMHRA executive director, David Sumo. The NDS managing director, Beyan Johnson, was not present but was represented by the Logistics Coordinator, Tom Nyanwatolu.In their separate statements, all three commended the DEA for the continued collaboration with their respective offices, which they believe eventually led to the arrest of the drugs bound for Guinea. The three officials individually promised to cooperate with each other and help the DEA with the investigation to establish circumstances surrounding the entire drugs saga.“We agree that these products are from our warehouse,” the NDS Logistics Coordinator said, “but we don’t know how they got out. We promise to investigate in collaboration with the DEA.”The NDS Managing Director Beyan Johnson confirmed knowledge of the arrest to the Daily Observer via mobile phone yesterday, but declined to elaborate. “I am aware of the arrest by the DEA and the ongoing investigation. I wouldn’t want to comment further.”Meanwhile, the DEA is convinced that the “high quality drugs in Liberia” are often taken to Guinea and exchanged for substandard medicines or the counterfeit/fake ones which are brought back to Liberia.However, DEA Director Souh said while the GOL was committed to fighting corruption, there are some elements therein that are undermining the fight, thereby importing fake medicines into the country undermine government’s effort to restore the health sector.He disclosed that those suspected in the smuggling of those valuable drugs from the ware houses of the government under the watchful eyes of the NDS are the same group of persons, who have the intent of bringing back into the country illicit, counterfeit or expired drugs only to harm the already poverty-stricken Liberians and paralyze the weak health sector.Recently, the DEA arrested a huge quantity of fake drugs being smuggled into Liberia at the border with Guinea, near Ganta, Nimba County. The fake products were brought to Monrovia and turned over to the authorities of the MOH through the pharmaceutical board.The drugs stolen from the NDS and arrested aboard the truck bound for Guinea have meanwhile been turned over to the Liberia National Police (LNP), who will later turn them over to the MOH. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Henry, who has signed a contract with Monaco until June 2021, said it was “fate” that he had returned to the Principality.Henry replaces Leonardo Jardim, who in 2017 guided Monaco to their first Ligue 1 title since 2000. He was sacked on Thursday after a string of poor results left Monaco in the relegation places.The former striker will be joined by Joao Carlos Valado Tralhao, under-23 coach at Benfica, and Patrick Kwame Ampadu, coach at Arsenal’s academy and father of Chelsea player Ethan Ampadu.Henry graduated from Monaco’s youth system and made his debut for the club in 1994.He notably scored seven goals in the 1997-8 Champions League as the Monaco team of the time, then coached by Arsene Wenger, reached the semi-finals, where they lost to Juventus.– ‘Can’t wait’ –“It is with great pride that I am delighted to announce that I have accepted the position to become the manager of AS Monaco FC,” he said on Twitter.“I was fortunate to receive some very attractive offers over the last few months but Monaco will always be close to my heart.Henry with Monaco teammates Victor Ikpeba and John Collins in 1997 © AFP/File / ALAIN FULCONIS“Having started my footballing career with this great club, it seems like fate that I will now begin my managerial career here too.“I’m incredibly excited to be given this opportunity but now the hard work must begin. Can’t wait.”After spending five seasons as a player with Monaco, Henry went on to play for Juventus, Arsenal, Barcelona and the New York Red Bulls.While at Arsenal, he was the Premier League’s top scorer for four seasons and won two league titles. He has been tipped as a future manager of the London club.“A big opportunity with @AS_Monaco, a club close to your heart — and we’ll be rooting for you,” a tweet from Arsenal said.Henry scored 51 goals in 123 appearances for France, winning not only the 1998 World Cup but also Euro 2000.After the duo oversaw Belgium’s 2-1 win against Switzerland in the Nations League on Friday, Martinez said Henry “has the potential to become a great coach”.Henry’s first game in charge will be against Strasbourg in the league on October 20 with a must-win Champions League tie against Club Brugge four days later.Monaco chief executive officer Vadim Vasilyev said Henry could “count on our trust and all our support to bring a new dynamic to the team and carry out the mission”.“His knowledge of football, his passion for the game, his high standards and his commitment to our colours make his nomination a reality.“Thierry is both aware of the task ahead and eager to start his new job.”0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Former Arsenal and France star Thierry Henry, who is set to make his full coaching bow with AS Monaco in France’s Ligue 1. © AFP/File / Valery HACHEMonaco, Monaco, Oct 13 – Former Arsenal star Thierry Henry was on Saturday named as Monaco coach, taking his first job in club management after leaving his position with the Belgian national team.The 41-year-old French World Cup winner, who had been working as an assistant to Belgium coach Roberto Martinez since 2016, returns to the club where he began his professional career.