The New Dawn (Monrovia)

22 November 2012

Liberia: No 'Pem-Pem' After 10 - PM

Liberian motor-cycles, otherwise known as 'pem-pem' have been barred from plying the streets of Monrovia and its environs after 10 pm. The ban went into effect on Wednesday, November 21, 2012. The Liberia National Police, in conjunction with the Liberia Motor-Cyclist Union took the decision recently in an effort to curtail various crimes, including armed robbery.

According to LNP, the decision to ban motor-cyclists from plying the streets after 10pm was the result of the infiltration of the motor-cyclist union by criminals. Others may already be suspected criminals using the Liberia Motor-cyclist Union to facilitate armed robbery and other crimes daily in Monrovia and its environs.

The Leadership of the union has already confirmed and welcomed the decision, acknowledging the fact that there were criminals among them. How this ban will be effectively monitored and evaluated by the Liberia National Police continues remain the issue to be addressed.

Bearing in mind the recent confirmation by the Director of the LNP Chris Massaquoi that some police officers were in the business of facilitating crimes, including armed robbery, it is yet unknown whether the LNP has written such wrong.

The ban on pem-pem after 10pm, beginning Wednesday, November 21, is intended to afford peaceful Liberians to sail through the festive season without being terrorized by criminals.

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