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Checkpoints Removed Under Pressure

A number of checkpoints noted to be very notorious between Monrovia and the provincial city of Ganta in Nimba County have been removed. Notably affected are Mount Barclay, 15-Gate and Careysburg Checkpoints in Montserrado County, as well as Kakata-Borlorla and German Camp Junctions in Margibi County. The action was by the Liberia National Police as a result of a recent strike action taken by commercial drivers in Bong and Nimba Counties.

The commercial drivers are reported to have staged the strike action after the Government of Liberia allegedly failed to address several complaints  through a number of  communications by them to the  Authorities of genuine Transport Union of Liberia, Federation of Road Transport Union of Liberia, Director of Police, Christopher Massaquoi and Justice minister Christiana Tah.

Commercial Drivers told the New Dawn-Liberia last weekend along the route that they had complained of untold harassments, intimidations and extortions on a daily basis by officers and commanders at the checkpoints for a long period of time, but to no avail. They said at a mass meeting of commercial drivers from Bong and Nimba in Gbarnga, Bong County recently, the decision was taken until the notorious checkpoints were removed by the government.

According to them, their action also applied to commanders and personnel of the mobile units of the Police Support Unit who used the recently launched general motor vehicle inspection to allegedly harass and uncompromisingly extort money from drivers on the high way.

They said such unauthorized unprofessional behavior was not only underling their daily financial reports to commercial vehicle owners in the counties, but also the image of the entire Liberian Police Force and Government of Liberia.

They accused the police of not serving the public in line with the objectives of the LNP, but projecting personal financial interests at the various irregular checkpoints unknown to the hierarchy of the LNP. They welcomed the intervention of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in the removal of all irregular checkpoints between Monrovia and Ganta

They also expressed their preparedness to cooperate with the Joint Security, including the police at regular checkpoints in Salala and Gbarnga in Bong County, as well as Ganta Checkpoint in Nimba County, warning that screening and other forms of inspection at these checkpoints must not only be limited to commercial vehicles, but also private, NGO and even a few government vehicles under suspicion.

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They described these vehicles as even very harmful and threatening to the country’s security than the Joint Security think about them.

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