The Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) has reacted to the shoot-out in Duala, Bushrod Island, stating that on November 23, 2021 the Liberia National Police (LNP) informed the nation of a joint security operation that was intended to raid ghettos and criminal hideouts in the Duala area of Monrovia adding that according to multiple reports have suggested a shootout between the police and some criminals which resulted in the death of three persons. It said that regardless, the CPP is very concerned with the increased loss of lives through any violent action.
In a press release issued by the party and signed by Mohammed Ali, Head of Secretariat yesterday, Wednesday, November 24, 2021, CPP said it takes note of the police and other security agencies for undertaking their responsibility of beginning to fight crimes and raid criminal hideouts and ghettos, this venture is coming at a time when the government has completely failed to provide security for the country and its citizens. The party noted that the increased in criminal activities across the country, particularly in Monrovia, Paynesville, and their environs, and other major urban centers, including the murder of high profile and ordinary citizens with no persecutory actions taken against the perpetrators proves the government is incapable of providing security for the country and the people. People race home daily beginning the early afternoon hours in order to get off the streets before dark to avoid attacks from criminals.
“The CPP believes that the increase in criminal activities is as a result of the unprecedented economic hardship and the ever-increasing illegal drug trafficking and selling, which has now become one of the main sources of income for drug kingpins and disadvantaged youths. Drug abuse by those disadvantaged youths has also turned them to hardened marauding criminals with no apparent actions taken by the government to rehabilitate and have them reintegrated into society as good citizens.
“It is in the national best interest for the government to prioritize providing proper security for its citizens by revamping the security sector with special emphasis on improved training for personnel of the Liberia National Police, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and other law enforcement agencies. Further, the government should appropriate funding allocation for the security sector and increased logistical support for the police and the DEA”, the party said
The release said that the government should also divert its attention to funding elaborate rehabilitation programs for disadvantaged youths (or Zogos), with rehabilitation programs initiated across the country. Creating an improved environment for increased economic activities that would create job opportunities for trained disadvantaged young people will contribute toward reducing the crime rate across the country.
“The CPP believes that a responsible government with the financial discipline, political will and proper governance can achieve a much improved and secured society for Liberia and its people”, the party concluded.