BY WEST AFRICAN JOURNAL MAGAZINE ON FEBRUARY 8, 2019
Monrovia, Liberia- February 8, 2019: A major dismissal has gone down at the National Security Agency (NSA) in Liberia.
Suspended NSA Deputy Jones Blamo
West African Journal Magazine was tipped off late Friday morning that the Agency’s Deputy for Operations one Jones Blamo had been suspended for “time indefinite”.
The suspension decision was reportedly just taken by Liberian President George M. Weah after he was informed of the argument which happened a week or so ago, the source said.
According to an inside source at the NSA, Mr. Blamo’s suspension was for “gross insubordination” to the Office of the President and reportedly “arguing” with a Presidential aide and protocol officer in the office of the President Ms. Finda Bundoo.
It remains unclear what exactly the “argument” was about and whether it was security related.
Since the dismissal is a personnel matter,West African Journal Magazine is unable to independently confirm the reason for the dismissal of the top security official.
The NSA official, code named “202” was appointed shortly after the inauguration of the Weah Administration in January, 2018.
Our source disclosed that Blamo had been suspended prior with a “warning” but it is unclear why and when.
On its website, the biography of now suspended Deputy Blamo indicates he has 14 years of law enforcement experience in:
Security Operations /Privacy Principles
Law Enforcement & Public Safety
Firearms Safety & Handling
Defensive Tactics, etc
The National Security Agency (NSA) is the lead national intelligence agency of the West African country under the direct authority of the office of the President.
Headquarters of NSA in Liberia
According to Liberian historians Dr. Elwood Dunn, Carl Patrick Burrowes and Amos J. Beyan in their publication, Historical Dictionary of Liberia, “On May 20, 1974, an act repealing sub-chapter D of Chapter 1, Part 1 and subchapter B of Chapter 22, Part II of the Executive Law in Relation to the EAB and the NBI, and creating the NSA was approved.
The NSA was left as the only agency solely responsible for gathering national security intelligence, but having to conduct special investigations, whenever the need arises.”
According to its website, “The National Security Agency (NSA) is a political government intelligence institution that is solely tasked with the gathering/collection, analyzing and dissemination of national security information for decision/policy makers including the President of the Republic of Liberia.…”
By Our National Security Reporter and Correspondents In Monrovia, Liberia
Reference: West African Journal Magazine