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Yegbeh Degbon, that is in the records, Yegbeh Degbon was an educated person like myself. He had a Masters Degree in Geology, he had studied in Europe, so he was not on the front line fighting. We used to use Degbon to service, to take - to come to headquarters, get arms and ammunition, food and medicine - medical supply for the troops - and he also was responsible for picking up arms and ammunition in the field that was captured and bring it to headquarters. And what do I mean by that?

All arms and ammunition that were captured in the field by the forces, if your battalion captured material you couldn't keep them. You had to list these material, report it to headquarters, because the same material could be used and distributed into areas that did not have it.

We realised that Degbon was not bringing all of the material that was being turned over to him to headquarters. Sometimes he will come and report that, oh, he was bringing material but another unit needed some and he gave it to them not knowing they were putting together this group called Black Kadaffa.

So what we had to begin to put into place at this particular time was to dilute the powers of the Special Forces. This was a plan thought about and it really came into being just around the time that I moved into Gbarnga by the middle of 1991 where those junior commandos that had shown good judgment, we began moving them up into command positions for battalions and others, but we did - we were experiencing problems at this time with not all but some of these same troublemakers, that is the Mekunagbe, Yegbeh Degbon, that is the Oliver Varney, there was a Timothy Mulibah. Also involved in that to a certain level was the very Sam Larto, they were all a part of a network that really frightened us.

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