The NEWS (Monrovia)

18 February 2014

Liberia: Profiteers Must Face Justice

editorial

There Are Indications that diesel fuel and other petroleum products have been brought into the country following reports of scarcity. The government assured the public that petroleum products would have been in town by the end of last week. True to its commitment, the products did come and there isn't any need to panic.

About Two Million gallons of diesel fuel and other petroleum products are now in town. However, despite the commitment of government to ensure that sufficient products are in town, there are dodgy business people who are reportedly engaged in profiteering at the expense of the suffering masses.

The Liberia National Police have reportedly fallen victim of such criminal transaction thereby accusing the management of Super Petroleum (SP) filing station of profiteering. Police spokesman Sam Collins told reporters Saturday that the management of Super Petroleum (SP) through its sub-station located in Sinkor was reportedly seen selling a gallon of fuel for US$10.00 to the public.

He Said The incident occurred when the police needed to respond to three national emergency operations that required some five hundred gallons of fuel from the filing station. However, the police spokesman said when they went for the fuel, SP sub-station in Sinkor cut off its generator to make it appear as though there was no fuel. In the process, the spokesman claimed that personnel of the station escaped the scene to avoid being arrested. However, when contacted, SP Management claimed that the police went to get free fuel. SP said it had no contract with the LNP. But police spokesman said the allegation has no magnitude and it is considering charging four personnel who were arrested during the incident.

Some Individuals Will not change their sordid habit as much as appalling the conditions of the Liberian people are today. There are folks who want to exploit any fragile situation to profiteer.

We Know That this government may not be performing to the expectation of the people, but it is no reason for anybody to exploit the suffering masses or undermine the honest effort of the Unity Party administration to ensure certain basic products are available.

Liberians Should Not be parochial to think that everything about the government is bad and take advantage of public sentiment to engage in swindling. It is a visible reality that the current conditions of our people are not impressive, but we ought to be honest in our interactions and dealings. We know there are some folks who are praying for the worst to happen in our country so that they can rich.

It Is Difficult to say who's telling the truth. But we urge the police to proceed to court with those allegedly involved in profiteering which is a crime under the law.

This Is Necessary to prevent unscrupulous individuals and business entities from exploiting the public anytime there's report of scarcity. The police must be vigilant and bring profiteers to justice.

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