The New Dawn (Monrovia)

Liberia: 176 Bikes Impounded

At least 84 impounded motorcyclists were seen parked at the basement of the Liberia National Police on Capitol Hill, out of a total of 176 bikes confiscated from violators and held at other police stations across Monrovia.

Police authorities have said that the bikes were confiscated from operators who, they said, have been violating a regulation that declared main routes in Monrovia and environs "No- Go Zones."

In his Christmas message to citizens and residents within the bailiwick of Liberia, Director of Police Chris C. Massaquoi reassured that the Police were ready to ensure that "all will be done to provide maximum protection for all."

Mr. Massaquoi informed the public yesterday that in a bid to enhance police/community relations, the Liberia National Police or LNP will within one week, commence a more robust exercise.

"We will entertain the hope and hereby call upon all those residing in the various communities in and around Monrovia to assist us in this endeavor in order to create the needed and necessary cooperative and collaborative relationship," he said.

The police chief called on the driving public, especially motorcyclists, to continue to lend the police their support by strictly adhering to the vehicle and traffic laws, as well as the laws of the Republic of Liberia.

The LNP, in its Christmas message, noted with concern, the public pronouncement attributed to Liberia Motorcyclists Union Secretary General, Mr. Robert Sammie, in which he is said to have issued threats that he would lead a group of motorcyclists to the Foreign Ministry Office of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf's on today, Friday, December 20, 2013 to stage a demonstration.

Mr. Massaquoi expressed the hope that Mr. Sammie and his followers will strictly adhere to the lawful requirements for any assembly, warning that failure to do so would leave the LNP with no other alternative, but to take the necessary steps to protect life and property and maintain the peace.

He said as far as the LNP was concerned, it was yet to receive any communication from the Ministry of Justice, authorizing such assembly or demonstration as planned by Robert Sammie and his followers.

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