27 November 2012

Liberia: 'Armed Robbers' Hit Ganta

As the Liberia National Police pursue criminal suspects in Monrovia, it seems that they are escaping to other parts of the country. There are reports from Ganta, Nimba County, about arm robbery activities being on the increase.

Residents in parts of Ganta City told our correspondent that armed robbers have been on the rampage for the last two nights which is causing them to have sleepless time.

The latest arm robbery in Ganta comes days after Police Director Chris Massaquoi admitted a sharp increase in arm robbery in Monrovia but failed to provide statistics on the increase.

One of the victims, who was reportedly kidnapped by the alleged armed robbers, said an unknown man opened her front door and entered the house demanding her to locate her father's money and other items.

According to victim Princess Guanue, she replied the alleged armed robber that they do not have any money in the house claiming that she was nearly raped by the robbers.

Princess is undergoing medical treatment at the Ganta Methodist Hospital as a result of injury she sustained on her nose.

The 15-year- old victim told our correspondent that she was taken from her house to a nearby filling station where they beat her.

Our correspondent in the county said several residents in Ganta who were affected by the alleged arm robbery incident s have left Ganta for nearby towns due to fear for their lives.

Three communities, said to have been affected by the arm robbery attacks include, the Hope Village Community, Boe Community and the Work For Belleh Community.

Ganta Deputy Police Commander Eric Musa said they have begun investigating the alleged arm robbery. Commander Musa said the lack of police vehicles in Ganta is making the fight against crime difficult.

Appearing on a local radio talk show in the county recently, the Ganta Deputy Police Commander is calling on government to provide vehicles and other logistics that will empower them to move at night.

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