President George Weah of Liberia has been forced to abandon his office to work from his private residence, owing to the invasion of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building by snakes.
The BBC quotes Press Secretary Smith Toby as saying on Wednesday that two black snakes were found in the foreign affairs ministry building which currently houses the office of the president.
All staff have been told to stay away until April 22 “to make sure that crawling and creeping things get fumigated from the building,” Mr Toby was quoted as saying.
The office of the president has been based in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since a fire in 2006 gutted the nearby presidential mansion.
Even though some workers tried to kill the snakes, Mr Toby said the reptiles were never killed as “there was a little hole somewhere [through which] they made their way back.”
“That building’s been there for years now, and [because of] the drainage system, the possibility of having things like snakes crawling in that building was high,” Toby explained, adding that President Weah is expected to return to his official office on Monday after the fumigation whether or not the snakes are found and killed.