By: Stephen G. Fellajajuah
The Vice President of the Republic of Liberia, Chief Dr. Jewel Howard-Taylor, has termed as alarming the wave of recent deaths across Liberia where women are murdered. VP Taylor said she wants the security authorities, especially the Liberian National Police, to tighten its patrol across communities.
The Vice President, who spoke to newsmen at her Capitol Building office yesterday, Wednesday, said women are feeling more insecure than ever in the history of the nation, particularly when dead bodies of women are found on the streets with private parts extracted.
“I hear the stories of young people who were taken to places where people were been used for ritualistic purposes; this is alarming, and I think it calls for those of us who are national leaders to add our voices to call our security forces to be more vigilant to find out why and how there is alarming wave of murders taking place and how it can be brought to an end,” she said.
In recent days fear has engulfed the nation due to reports of mysterious deaths and kidnappings. Madam VP therefore called on security forces to be vigilant and beef up the security operations, adding that the situation needs to be investigated and brought under control.
The first Liberian Vice President added that the situation has implications that border on the image of the country, a situation she said will affect Liberia’s international relations, peace and security and stall investment from coming to the country.
“It is the Government’s responsibility to provide security, peace and protection for all its citizens through all its security forces”, she pointed out.
The LNP had on countless occasions said the Police lacked adequate logistics and manpower to effectively patrol across communities, but VP Taylor emphasized that the issue of limited resources should not be used by the Liberia National Police and other security forces as an excuse.