3 December 2012

Liberia: Motorcyclists Held for Armed Robbery

Three motorcyclists were arrested Friday accused of complicity in armed robbery.

Adolphus Waller,18, Junior Zonoe,20, and Oliver Warshal,37, were reportedly found to be in possession of a single barrel-pistol at Mount Barclay, outside Monrovia.

The suspects are presently undergoing investigation at the police headquarters on the Capital Bye-Pass.

Police Deputy Senior Inspector for Operation Patrick Sudue said the suspects were arrested based on a tip off. But he did not explain the nature of the armed robbery that was committed by the motorcyclists.

He also said that the suspects were armed with a "well loaded" single barrel pistol heading for Monrovia on the motorbike during the curfew hours.

He revealed that the suspects were four in number but one person escaped during their arrest.

"We are displaying these motorcyclist armed robbers in order to inform the public that the government came out with a regulation that motorcyclists should park at 10:00pm. We are not enforcing this order because we don't want our people to move. We want them to move freely without being harassed but the motorcyclists are putting serious problem for our people. And we have to act because we are there to protect lives and properties," he stressed.

The Police Deputy Senior Inspector for Operation argued that since the measure was put into place a week ago they have succeeded to a large extent, adding that armed robbery activities especially in Monrovia has reduced significantly.

"Motorcyclists contribute significantly to armed robbery activities. They transport armed robbers from one end to another and even they themselves are armed robbers, too. We have facts to this and today their arrest is a clear evidence of what the police have been saying motorcyclists are part of the criminal gangs here," he pointed out.

When the motorcyclists were quizzed by reporters, they admitted carrying the pistol in the night but they said they were doing so for their own protection and not for the purpose of armed robbery activities as it was being claimed by the police.

About a month ago, the police launch 'Operation Safe Haven' with the intent to restore hope and confidence to Monrovia residents ahead of the Christmas and New Year festivities.

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