The inability of the Liberia National Police to respond to the high increase in armed robbery in Monrovia and its environs continue to be visible. This may either be a result of the lack of logistics and other incentives for motivation among the men in the field or even weakness on the part of the police hierarchy due to other administrative problems.
As a result, peaceful citizens and residents are left at the mercy of armed robbers during the early morning hours between 1:30 and 4:00 am. The Paynesville Joe Bar community, just within the vicinity of the Zone Five Police station, early Thursday morning became the latest target for armed robbers.
Citizens and residents of the community told this paper yesterday that heartless armed men broke into their homes and subjected them to all forms of humiliations. The robbers reportedly demanded wedding bands, cash, and jewelries, as well as DVD decks, lap-top computers, among others.
According to them, the armed robbers used guns and cutlasses to intimidate them into submitting to their demands. They said the attacks which affected several hones, were simultaneous. They complained that efforts to seek the intervention of the police did not materialize, as most of them told them that there were no logistics, including arms.
Paynesville has been the center for persistent armed robbery in recent times. Armed robbers early this week, invaded the compound of the Minister of Education, Dr. E. Othello Gongar at the end of the Police Academy road in Paynesville, torturing one security guard.