25 February 2013

Liberia: Police Statistics Vs Facts

In the midst of glaring crimes in Monrovia and its environs, the Liberia National Police (LNP) has embarked on a complete unrealistic publicity, claiming to have recorded only three armed robbery attacks since the coming into force of its "Operations Save Haven" in October 2012, including three rape incidents, while illegal possession of firearms and illegal possession of drugs recorded zero, respectively.

Contrary to statistics released by Deputy Police Director for Operations Abraham Kromah through the LNP public affairs department, this paper has on record statistics of several armed robbery incidents reported by the police just after the launch of Operations Save Haven last year.

Prior to the departure of former police spokesperson George Bardue, the LNP claimed to have arrested and detained a notorious armed robbery suspect identified as Junior Jerry alias "School Face" in the Old Road community. Jerry was reportedly arrested in possession of single barrel short gun and three live bullets on October 21, 2012, barely one week following the launch of "Operation Safe Haven."

In November 2012, the police also arrested a notorious armed robber Daniel Gbor along with "one of the most dangerous armed robbery ring leader" Amuchie Karpeh, believed to have been terrorizing communities here.

Police authorities said suspect Karpeh allegedly led the October 28, 2012 armed robbery incident on Newport Street, and the Duport Road October 30, 2012 armed robbery incident, respectively.

Co-suspect Daniel Gbar was however arrested from Carey Street on November 12, 2012 with a single barrel gun, after he had allegedly carried on two separate armed robbery incidents on October 28, 2012 on Newport Street and shot the left arm of a Fula businessman Jam Jalloh, who reportedly loss LD$73,000.00 and US$2,500.00 assorted scratch cards and cell-phones in the process.

An armed robbery incident on Duport Road on October 30, 2012 was reported by Director Chris Massquoi to have wounded a police patrol officer Kpadeh M. Karwee, assigned at Zone Five Police Station, who was shot by the suspects in the incident.

In November 2012, Acting Police Spokesman Lewis Norman announced the arrest of four armed robbery suspects, among them Sam Gray (37), Emmanuel Okoro, (34), Musa Kamara (19), and Papa Donson, while allegedly trying to welder the Ecobank vault in Kakata, Margibi County.

Earlier on November 16, 2012, the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) of the Liberia National Police (LNP) in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County arrested seven other armed robbery suspects at about 2am while in the process of breaking into one of Ecobank's sub branches in that city.

In January 2013, officers of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) of the LNP shot one armed robber dead and arrested four others for alleged armed robbery following a shootout between the ERU and the suspects in the Mount Barclay area.

Though police decline revealing the name of the armed robber that was killed, they however listed two dismissed officers of the LNP, including Charles Doewee (PSU) and Jonatten Dosin of the erstwhile Special Operations Division (SOD) along with Emmanuel Peters and Prince Mendee for allegedly executing the armed robbery act.

A terrible armed robbery incident severely wounded at least three persons in Doe Community on Bushrod Island, creating fears among residents in November 2012.

Though residents said the suspects fled before police arrival, the victims, including Prince Tanagbele, 21, and Veyea Sesay were rushed at a nearby medicine store called Uncle Peter Medicine Store on Dryland, Doe Community by neighbors, while the other victim, who was taken to other directions before this paper's arrival could not be reached up to news time.

On February 21, 2013, Police Director Chris Massaquoi reported the arrest of one Junior Guah, a suspected armed robber in Doe Community with one M16 A-2 Riffle along with 16 light rounds of ammunition, after residents executed mob action against him prior to the arrival of the police.

Despite the above incidents, the deputy police chief averred that a total of three armed robbery attacks were recorded since the coming into force of Operations Save Haven, while rape incidents recorded were three, illegal possession of firearms and illegal possession of drugs recorded 0-0 respectively, with other crimes down the parking order.

Police spokesperson Sam Collins said, "The statistics by the deputy Police chief means the lowest since the end of the country's civil conflict more than 10 years ago."

In a release issued in Monrovia, police announced that they have intensified "Operations Save Haven" with a rebranded version known as "Operations Save Haven Reloaded", intended to strengthen and consolidate the current fight against crimes in the society and to enforce the existing crackdown on criminal activities across Liberia.

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