As Liberia prepares to take over full security responsibility from the United Nations Military Mission to Liberia (UNMIL), the opposition Liberty Party (LP) says it is “extremely worried by recent developments involving elements of the Armed Forces of Liberia and the Liberia National Police on one hand, and Motor Cyclists on the other, that resulted to the death of two motor cycle riders, and the subsequent melee that led to the plundering of private and public prosperities.”
The party then condemned “these twin events that now draw our attention closer to the painful moments of the war years; but in particular, the danger that the actions of the individuals from the two security institutions foreshow for a nation that is still grappling to get out of the woods.”
Liberty Party has reminded the National Security apparatus and the Motor Cycle riders, in particular, and all Liberians in the general, that the nation has gone down this lane before and the end results were nothing but the decimation of the population, poor education for the children, a shattered economy that is struggling to revive, and a general decline of the country’s image in the international world.
“Certainly, the intermittent stand-offs between the security (the Police in particular) and the Cyclists must be a cause for concern, given the predominant militant orientation of the individuals involved with bike riding, “ the party said in a press release..
Liberty Party has therefore recommended that concerted efforts be made to revive the Police-Community Relations mechanism so as to strengthen public confidence in the Police.
Additionally, the party has recommended that authorities of the Police and the Motor Cyclist Union move with every deliberate speed to begin a process of confidence-building, not disregarding the need for speedy investigation into the events that led to the killing of the two motor cyclists and the subsequently vandalizing of private and public properties.
Meanwhile, the p[arty has extended condolences to families of the two individuals, hoping that they take solace in the Lord.