The Informer (Monrovia)

19 December 2012

Liberia: Pen-Pen Curfew Not Reversible - Police Chief Says No Intention to Lift Restriction

The Director of the Liberia National Police (LNP), Col. Chris Massaquoi, has said he has no intention to lift the 10 PM restriction on motorcycle transportation in the country.

Last month, the LNP ordered that motorcyclists are banned to run the streets after 10 PM.

The police said the measure is intended to reduce crime rate in the country during the festive season as criminals were using motorcyclists at night to commit crimes including armed robberies.

Massaquoi said the measure has significantly reduced the crime rate in the county since it was introduced last November. He said criminals in the past used motorcycles to rob peaceful citizens.

Masssaquoi said the security measure has worked well and that there is no need to lift it, adding that the restriction is the beginning of the process of regulating motorcycle movement in the country.

The 10 PM restriction has been welcomed by some Liberians who want it kept in place.

In an interview with this paper citizens expressed satisfaction over the level of security improvement in and around the country and called on the police to continue the 'good work.'

"Motorcyclists, the world over, are regulated by law and that Liberia is no exception. Let the Police ensure that motorcyclists in Liberia be guided by the vehicle and traffic laws of the country as is done in other parts of Africa." Mardy Mason, a resident of Paynesville said.

For his part, Mr. John T. Walker said "It is a good security measure and there is no need to lift it. Otherwise, the criminals will overrun us one night."

Meanwhile, Massaquoi has said that the LNP is negotiating with the National Transit Authority to increase its transportation services at night to help commute pedestrians across the Monrovia and its environs.

For his part, Mr. Robert Sammi, Secretary General of the Liberia National Motorcycle Union welcomed the regulation of motorcyclists. However, he said that their members are not criminal but rather criminals use motorcycles to commit crimes in the country.

He called on motorcyclists in the country to be guided by the traffic regulation by making sure to wear helmets and shoes in the traffic whenever they are riding.

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