19 December 2012

Liberia: Police Nab 154 Suspected Criminals

Days after President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf mandated a maximum policing in Monrovia throughout the Christmas season, the Liberia National Police has vowed to raid criminals in the capital and its environs.

Deputy Police Director for Operations Abraham Kromah, told journalists at the National Police Headquarters on Tuesday that "Right after talking with you, we are going back to raid up to December 24."

He made the pronouncement yesterday at the LNP conference room upon receiving certificates of honor from a group of media practitioners calling themselves "Strategic Journalists Committee" for Director Chris Massaquoi in absentia and one for him, Deputy Kromah. Prior to the pronouncement, police arrested at least 154 suspected criminals across Monrovia early Tuesday.

Deputy Director Kromah maintained that his operation with regards to ensuring security is accomplished by the smooth cooperation he receives from Director Massaquoi, coupled with the willingness of his able lieutenants, who are prepared to execute mandates from senior authorities. He said achievements being counted by members of the public would not have been possible if the police have not operated as a team.

Presenting the certificates, the Chairperson of the media group Rhodoxen Fayiah said his organization has observed significant improvements made by the police, citing the violent-freed November 7 "CDC Memorial Day", and the police operations in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, among others.

Fayiah expressed hope that the police authorities will maintain the level of peace and safety being enjoyed by citizens and residents during and after the festive seasons.

Last Saturday, December 15, 2012, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf mandated the Liberia National Police (LNP) not to relent in the execution of its duty to protecting live and properties. The President said the country depends on the police force for the provision of security, in the wake of ongoing drawdown by the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).

President Sirleaf presented a check for $50,000.00 United States Dollars to the LNP as part of its General Assembly celebration, and called on the police leadership headed by Inspector General Chris Massaquoi to do all within their powers to ensure maximum security as the country celebrates the Christmas and New Year festivities.

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