The New Dawn (Monrovia)

23 November 2012

Liberia: Police Impound 59 Bikes for Breaking Curfew

At least 59 motorbikes were confiscated Wednesday night from defiant motorists across Monrovia, in execution of police authorities' new order, banning bike riders from plying the streets in the capital after 10 pm.

Acting Police Spokesman Lewis Norman, said the measure remains in force until January 2013, as part of police security strategy to curtail crimes, including armed robbery incidents throughout the festive seasons.

Norman told this paper Thursday that the confiscated bikes will remain under police custody, saying more impoundments would be made if motorcyclists will continue to defy the order.

"We are doing everything possible to ensure the safety and security of our people as it was announced that no bikes should ply the streets at 10 Pm. More arrests will be made, if anyone is caught in defiance to the order," said Norman.

Following recent public outcry over continued armed robberies and other related crimes believed to be facilitated by some motorcyclists, the Liberia National Police (LNP) announced here on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 that all motorbikes should pack-off the street at 10 pm.

The bikes were packed at the National Police Headquarters on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, but no incidents of confrontation by defiant motorists have been reported so far.

Notwithstanding, the leadership of the Liberia Motorcycle Union has welcomed the police decision to ban bikes plying the streets in defiance of the 10 pm regulation on grounds that it would help prevent suspected criminals from infiltrating the union to rob law-abiding citizens and residents.

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