By: Sallu K. Swaray
The Liberia National Police (LNP) says it’s deeply concern about the high wave of electoral and other forms of violence in the country, and has warned citizens to desist from the use of savagery in addressing their grievances. Instead, the LNP implores Liberian to engage peaceful means of resolving their disputes.
Addressing a news conference at the Headquarters of the Liberia National Police on the Capitol By-pass, Police Spokesman H. Moses Carter Sr. also announced that the LNP has arrested three suspects the concerning the District # 15 violence. He named the suspects as Romeo Nayonkon – aged 26, Prince Kollie – aged 18, and Joseph Bropleh – aged 20 respectively, who he pointed out are currently detained awaiting court trial.
The Police Spokesman reiterated that, these suspects were arrested based on the cooperation of some residents of District #15 to assist the LNP with information in the investigation, adding that the LNP has also successfully in retrieved the laptop of Candidate Telia Urey which was stolen from her vehicle during the violence.
He warned that as of today’s date the LNP informs the public that anyone or group of citizens that will engage themselves into violence will be dealt with in line with the law
The statement by the LNP comes in the wake of numerous reports of violence, especially electoral conflicts, including recent savagery displayed at the Headquarters of the National Elections Commission (NEC) where there was a standoff between supporters of the two candidates in the Montserrado County District #15, Mr. Abu Kamara of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and followers Ms. Telia Urey of the four opposition Collaborating Political Parties (CPP)
The police through its spokesman urged citizens and residents within the borders of Liberia to use peaceful means to handling their grievance instead of using violent means to seek attention for redress to their grievances.
He indicated that Liberians must understand that the upholding of the peace and stability in the country is not only the responsibility of the Police or the joint security, but it is the responsibility of all Liberians.
Mr. Carter noted that, those who want to create situations that will make Liberia ungovernable will be dealt with robustly in line with the rule of law, saying, “You can rest assure that this Joint Security under the leadership of Honorable Patrick Sudue will do all in its power to jealously protect the peace and stability of the state.”
The LNP also urged supporters of political parties to desist from violence, as the police will not hesitate to arrest and forward to court any party supporter engaged in electoral violence.
Political leaders are also urged to exercise control over their supporters and desist from making inflammatory statements that are tantamount to undermining the peace and stability of the country, urging every Liberian resident to promote peace at all times and desist engaging themselves in to acts that are inimical to peace and stability of Liberia.